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Brea’Nyia GloverMs. JohnsonBritish Literature06 December 2017        John Milton was born on December 9, 1608 in London, England. His father, John Milton, was a scrivener which is a clerk, scribe, or notary. He was also a music enthusiast, which was an interest that he passed on to his son. In fact, music was one of Milton’s few comforts in his old age, when he reached total blindness. Milton admired his mother, Sara Jeffrey, whom he praised as “a woman of purest reputation, celebrated throughout the neighborhood for her acts of charity.” Milton had one older sister, Anne, and a younger brother, Christopher. Although he had several more siblings in which they died young from sickness. Milton did enjoy the life he has with his siblings that did survive. He often said he like being the middle child.   Due to the fact that his parents gave him special attention and cared an extreme amount about Milton, he received an excellent education. Growing up he was tutored privately from age five, and began studying classical languages by age seven. He was privately tutored by Thomas Young. People often stated if he hadn’t had the special education he wouldn’t have been so intelligent. He enrolled at St. Paul’s, one of England’s best grammar schools, where he began to study literature. Literature was John’s favorite subject since he was a boy. He read many books and even asked for them as presents. He read for fun and before bed every night. Milton later claimed that his interest in literature was so high during these years that he often studied by dim candlelight late into the night just as he did when he was younger. That was his way of focus whereas other people used different techniques. Later on he blamed himself for his eventual loss of vision, stating that this intense period of study did irreparable damage to his eyes.        Milton enrolled at Cambridge University in 1625. He was 16 years old, and very well prepared for his studies. However, he became disenchanted with Cambridge, claiming that he had no intellectual peers at the university. He struggled making friends being that he was considered an introvert or weird. He didn’t seem normal to everyone else so he began to distant himself. After obtaining his Master of Arts degree, he left Cambridge unimpressed by his education.Milton began writing poetry during his graduate studies at Cambridge. He wrote several Petrarchan sonnets in Italian, as well as verse in English. John was very impressive. He spoke fluent in        Milton returned to his family home in Hammersmith, England upon leaving Cambridge. For several years, he lived with his parents both in Hammersmith and in the village of Horton. He never like leaving home from his family. Milton wrote very little during this period, primarily because he was considering a career in the church. No one had known he had a passion for religion. It’s said that John’s tutorer was his strong influence on why he has a passion for religion. Milton had heard sermons by the poet John Donne. John Milton stated the bible was of the books he read himself to sleep with. He wanted to join the clergy in the Church of England, knowing that it would be difficult to make a living as a poet. Nevertheless, he spent most of his time at home reading classical texts and studying poetry. When the Laudians, a group of Royalists in favor of church rule, took over the Church of England, Milton abandoned his plans to work in the church. John then enrolled into Christ’s College, Cambridge, in 1625. Later on John had been expelled for having an altercation with one of his professors, William Chappel. Soon he was re enrolled to attend the college. In 1629 he received his bachelor’s degree, soon after he received his masters degree which was in 1632. The degree was in arts. After graduating Milton lived in Hammersmith he continued his studied in history, theology, mathematics, and literature. Time went by and John started concentrating on temptation themes. It’s said that his themes were both particular and universal. During this time hed become a significant writer. Milton completed “The Cheerful Man” as well as “The Pensive Man”.  Early literary work had began and Milton started proficiently creating work. Sadly in 1637 his mother died in which was believed shed died in the plague. Unfortunately, later on that year one John Milton Edward King died from drowning. With the hurt John had endured with the losses of those very important people in his life he created a poem. The poem was titled “Lycidas”. With the emotions climaxed as they were in that poem, it’s been recognized as elegiac poem in english. The poem had become very popular, influences writers and poets all around. During Milton’s journey he had great people who motivated him to do even better than what he was already doing. John MIlton was the definition of a true scholar. He wanted to visit many place including France especially Italy. Later on he went on to tour Paris, he met the theologian Hugo Grotius. Grotius’ ideas on natural and positive law worked their way into many of Milton’s political writings. By this time John Milton had been steadily creating poems. His genre Greek, Latin, and Hebrew classics. Hes essentially known for his blank verse poems. Milton had a journey throughout his poetic history. He had three different periods of how he wrote. This first started from 1625 to 1640 his poems were written while he was still at cambridge. Lycidas was included in this time period. HIs second period was from 1640 to 1660, it was devoted to prose tracks that established him as the most able pamphleteer of his time.  Milton extended the spirit of the english reformation. Milton tells of his own early life, ambitions, and education such as an autobiography. The second was devotions to political and social concerns among others. Milton advocated an education combining classical introduction. The third group of pamphlets was to justify the execution of of Charles. During later years Milton composed parts of his great epic poem paradise lost. Paradise lost is considered one of the greatest masterpiece and poem in Literature then and now. The story was written with detailed imagery. The imagination ran wild reading the story creating multiple clear images in the brain. The story is about reaching salvation through Christ. That story is what John Milton is best known for.  All in all, John Milton was a very impressive man. He always had a goal and tried to meet the standard to each one whenever he created it. He will always been known for his brilliance.  He created stories and poems that are still read up to this day. Milton took open positions on incredible numbers of issues yet most imperative to the pursuing of Heaven lost are his positions of religion. Heaven lost additionally introduces various protestant Christian positions: the union of the old and new confirmations, and many more. Milton’s political standards are communicated in the numerous handouts he composed amid in his lifetime. John Milton used the term ‘reformation’ for which he wanted to identify the age in which he was liviing. Many people were unaware that Milton was an extremist in his center years, battling for human rights and against the control of Britain’s pioneers, whom he accepted were incompetent. He work and art is forever remembered.  “John Milton had many of the best poems ever made” says Caitlyn Jammison.  In conclusion, John Milton played a huge role in the renaissance with the style and work ethic in his blank verse poetry. In conclusion, John Milton was one of the best poets around. He created some of the best work which is still used until this day in the 21 century. He was a brilliant man and was a huge part of the renaissance time period.                                                           Works Cited Spark notes editors. “Sparknote on Lycidas” spark notes LLC. 2001. WEB. 1 December “John Milton interesting facts”1999. WEB. 30 November “literary periods”No date listed. WEB. 5 December 2017