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De­cem­ber 9

The Freeman - - OPINION - JOHN MIL­TON (su­pload.wiki­me­dia.org)

In 1608, Eng­land’s blind vi­sion­ary poet John Mil­ton was born. He was known as “the Lady” be­cause of his pale skin and beau­ti­ful auburn hair, and his ma­jor in­ter­ests in life were God, the clas­sics, and him­self. He was mar­ried three times, and thought “woman was made only for obe­di­ence; man made only for re­bel­lion.” Not sur­pris­ingly, at the out­break of civil war he was quick to join the re­bel­lious par­lia­men­tar­i­ans against the king. Struck blind in 1652, he man­aged to dic­tate some of his finest verse – in­clud­ing “Par­adise Lost” – of­ten cram­ming 300 words into a sin­gle sen­tence. Though his work was widely praised he was much dis­liked, and ac­cord­ing to one con­tem­po­rary he was “a silly cox­comb... with noth­ing more hu­man about him than his gut­ter­ing eyes.” ─ from To­day’s The Day! by Jeremy Bea­dle (Signet)

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