Milton Essay

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Milton



Religion was the most important part of Milton’s personal life, and exerted
the greatest influence on his literary endeavors. John Milton was born in London to
a prosperous merchant, who had been disowned by his family when he
converted from Catholicism to Protestantism. Thanks to his father's wealth,
young Milton got the best education money could buy: a private tutor, St. Paul's
Cathedral School, and then Christ's College at Cambridge. At the latter, he made
quite a name for himself with his prodigious writing, publishing several essays and
poems to high acclaim. After graduating with his Master's degree (in 1632), Milton
was once again accommodated by his father. He was allowed to take over the
family's estate near Windsor and pursue a quiet life of study. He spent 1632 to 1638
reading the classics.
In 1638 Milton made a trip to Italy, studying in Florence, Siena, and Rome,
but felt obliged to return home upon the outbreak of civil war in England, in 1639. By
this time, he was well known to the literary world. Particularly notable works were
his eulogy on Shakespeare, and the magnificent pastoral poem "Lycidas." Upon his
return from Italy, though, he began planning a work far beyond his others: an epic
poem, the first ever written in English. These plans were delayed by his marriage to
Mary Powell, and her subsequent desertion of him. In reaction to these events,
Milton wrote a series of pamphlets calling for more leniency in the church's position
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