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Milton

  1. 1. John Milton
  2. 2. John Milton <ul><li>Ranked with Chaucer & Shakespeare </li></ul><ul><li>Family was highly cultured, father very religious </li></ul><ul><li>Decided to become “God’s Poet” while at Cambridge </li></ul>
  3. 3. John Milton <ul><li>Took up arms against the King </li></ul><ul><li>Made “Latin Secretary of the Commonwealth” by Cromwell </li></ul><ul><li>Went blind </li></ul><ul><li>Imprisoned when the monarchy was restored </li></ul><ul><li>Wrote Paradise Lost - the greatest epic of the English language </li></ul>
  4. 4. Epic Poetry <ul><li>Most epics share certain characteristics: </li></ul><ul><li>hero of imposing stature, national & historical importance </li></ul><ul><li>vast setting, covering great nations, the world or the universe </li></ul><ul><li>deeds require superhuman courage </li></ul><ul><li>Supernatural forces- gods, angels, demons </li></ul><ul><li>Elevated style of writing </li></ul>
  5. 5. Epic Poetry <ul><li>The following are common in some but not all epics: </li></ul><ul><li>Poem opens by stating the theme of the work </li></ul><ul><li>Appeal to a muse asks the muse an epic question </li></ul><ul><li>Begin In Medias Res (in the middle of things) </li></ul>

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