His early poems include the pastoral L'allegro and Penseroso (1632), The Masque Comus (1633), and the elegy Lycidas (1637). His later works include Paradise Lost (1667), Paradise Regained (1677), and the classic drama Samson Agonistes (1677).
Born in London, Milton was educated at Christ's College, Cambridge (where he was known as 'the Lady of Christ's' for his fine features), and then devoted himself to study for his poetic career.
His middle years were devoted to the Puritan cause and pamphleteering, including one advocating divorce, and another (Areopagitica) freedom of the press. His assistants (as his sight failed) included Marvell. He married Mary Powell in 1643, and their three daughters were later his somewhat unwilling amanuenses.
After Mary's death in 1652, the year of his total blindness, he married twice more, his second wife Catherine Woodcock dying in childbirth, while Elizabeth Minshull survived him for over half a century.
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John Milton was an English poet, polemicist and professor.