17th century English poet, author of Paradise Lost

Reference

John Milton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"John Milton (December 9, 1608 - November 8, 1674) was an English poet, best-known for his epic poem Paradise Lost. John Milton's eponymous father (c. 1562 - 1647) moved to London around 1583 because, on account of concealing his Protestantism, he had been disinherited by his devout Catholic father Richard Milton, a wealthy landowner in Oxfordshire. Around 1600, the poet's father married Sara Jeffrey (1572 - 1637), and the poet was born on December 9, 1608 in Cheapside, London, England. ..."

Born

9 Dec 1608, in Cheapside, London

Died

8 Nov 1674, in London

Web Sites

The John Milton Reading Room
Collaboration between Thomas H. Luxon, Professor of English, Dartmouth College, and his students
"The site now contains all of Milton's poetry in English, Italian, Latin, and Greek, and selections of his prose. Almost all of the works ... have been fully annotated; most have solid introductions as well."

Articles

John Milton (1608-1674), Religion & Liberty, Aug 2000
"Milton argued that ... the people have the right to overthrow a monarch who abuses his power. ... Insisting fervently on humanity's rational freedom and responsible power of choice, Milton believed that liberty is best safeguarded by the strong moral character of a nation's citizens."
Milton - Hero of the Day, by Timothy Sandefur, The Daily Objectivist, 2000

Writings

Areopagitica: A Speech For The Liberty Of Unlicensed Printing To The Parliament Of England [PDF], 23 Nov 1644
A speech from poet John Milton defending freedom of speech and expression
"... books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. ... Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties."
Related Topic: Freedom of Speech