John Milton and Paradise Lost: Background information when reading All the Names They Used for God

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All the Names They Used for God

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by Anjali Sachdeva

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All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva
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    Feb 2018, 272 pages
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John Milton and Paradise Lost

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In "The Killer of Kings," the short story in Anjali Sachdeva's collection All the Names They Used for God, John Milton (1608-1674), secluded in the English countryside after being charged and fined for publishing a tract that contemplated regicide, writes his epic poem Paradise Lost with the help of a muse, an angel the blind poet can only see in his mind. The idea of Milton being inspired by a literal angel may seem like a literary conceit, but there is actual basis for this.

Born into a middle class family, Milton studied at St Paul's School in London until 1625 when he enrolled at Christ's College Cambridge. It appears that he initially planned to study for the priesthood but changed his direction, possibly after a conflict with one of his tutors. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1629 and a Master of Arts in 1632. Skilled in speaking and writing in French, Spanish, Italian, Hebrew, Latin, and Greek, his first book, Poems of Mr. John Milton, featured verses that ...

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