Born: 9 December 1608
Died: 8 November 1674
John Milton was an English poet, author and polemicist, son of composer John Milton the Elder. He is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost and for his treatise condemning censorship, Areopagitica.
He was an accomplished, scholarly man of letters, polemical writer and an official in the government of Oliver Cromwell. Milton was writing at a time of religious and political flux in England, and his poetry and prose reflect deep convictions, often reacting to contemporary circumstances. He wrote also in Latin and Italian, and had an international reputation in his lifetime.
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Musical settings of literary works
- L'Allegro ed il Pensieroso (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)
- Auspicious Morn (Oliver Holden)
- Blest pair of Sirens (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)
- Hymn (after a song of Freedom) (Charles Villiers Stanford)
- Milton's prayer (John S. Wilson)
- Praise, O praise our God and King (Joseph Barnby)
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