Early life of John Milton

Male, Deceased Person

1608 – 1674


Who was Early life of John Milton?

John Milton was an English poet, prose writer, polemicist and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England. Although this role was established in his later years, Milton's early life provides insight into his education and his poetic development, along with his start in politics. The year 1642, which saw him 34 years of age, married for the first time, and a public figure as a controversial writer, marks the watershed of his life, as it did for British politics.

Milton was educated under a strong Protestant influence and attended Christ's College, Cambridge with the intention of pursuing a career as a minister. During his college years, Milton produced his poems L'Allegro and Il Penseroso. After leaving Cambridge, Milton changed his mind about his future, and hesitated during many years of study. Instead, he spent time composing poetry, which led to the production of the dramatic verse of Arcades and Comus.

After the death of his mother, Milton left England to tour Europe. Upon returning, Milton was brought into the realm of political writing and he began a career composing political tracts which put forth his views on state and religious matters. He first supported the presbyterian leaders who were lining up in England behind Stephen Marshall; a few years later he would promote more radical views.

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Dec 9, 1608
Nov 8, 1674

on July 23, 2013


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