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Author photo. Detail from "Milton Dictates Paradise Lost to his Daughters" by Eugène Ferdinand Victor Delacroix, c.1826.

Detail from "Milton Dictates Paradise Lost to his Daughters" by Eugène Ferdinand Victor Delacroix, c.1826.

John Milton (1) [1608–1674]

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John Milton was an English poet, polemicist, man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost (1667), written in blank verse.

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