The Portable Milton

The Portable Milton

Editor: Douglas Bush

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140150445
  • 704 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


The Portable Milton is an authoritative grand tour through the imagination of this prodigal genius. In the course of his forty-year career, John Milton evolved from a prodigy to a blind prophet, from a philosophical aesthete to a Puritan rebel, and from a poet who proclaimed the triumph of reason to one obsessed with the intractability of sin. Throughout these transformations, he conceived his work as a form of prayer, written in the service of the supreme being.

Table of Contents

The Portable Milton – Edited by Douglas Bush Introduction
I. Early Poems, 1628-1640
Editor’s Note
At a Vacation Exercise in the College (extract)
Elegy V: On the Coming of Spring
Song: On May Morning
Elegy VI: To Charles Diodati, Visiting in the Country
On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity
On Shakespeare
In Penseroso
Sonnet VII: How soon hath Time
Lament for Damon
II. Prose Works and Sonnets, 1642-1658
Editor’s Note
The Reason of Church Government Urged against Prelaty (extract)
An Apology for Smectymnuus (extract)
Of Education
Second Defence of the English People (extract)
VIII. When the Assault Was Intended to the City
X. To the Lady Margaret Ley
XI. On the Detraction Which Followed upon My Writing Certain Treatises
XII. On the Same (“I did but prompt the age”)
On the New Forcers of Conscience under the Long Parliament
XIII. To Mr. H. Lawes, on His Airs
XV. On the Lord General Fairfax at the Siege of Colchester
XIX. When I consider how my light is spent
XVI. To the Lord General Cromwell
XVII. To Sir Henry Vane the Younger
XVIII. On the Late Massacre in Piemont
XX. Lawrence, of virtuous father virtuous son
XXI. Cyriack, whose grandsire on the royal bench
XXII. To Mr. Cyriack Skinner upon His Blindness
XXIII. Methought I saw my late espoused saint
III. The Major Poems
Editor’s Note
Paradise Lost
Paradise Regained
Samson Agonistes
Glossary of Words and Proper Names
PRH Book Clubs Survey