An important and innovative edition of Milton's shorter verse & the first volume to present the poems with the original spelling and pronunciations intact, offering readers the opportunity to experience the vitality of the poems as they were experienced by Milton's contemporaries: Includes Milton's original Latin poems, with a new English translation on facing pages for cross-comparison Serves as a companion to Lewalski's Paradise Lost and Loewenstein's prose selections of Milton Features both collected and uncollected poetry in English, Latin, and Greek, the latter two with translations Retains original spelling and punctuation of Milton's 1645 Poems and his 1671 Paradise Regained and Sampson Agonistes Offers readers comprehensive footnotes, marginal glosses, chronology, bibliography, and longer discussions in introductions to sections
Stella Revard is Professor Emerita of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, with a Ph. D. in English Literature from Yale University. Her two previous books on Milton, The War in Heaven: Paradise Lost and the Tradition of Satan's Rebellion (1980) and Milton and the Tangles of Neaera's Hair: The Making of the 1645 Poems (1997), won Hanford awards from the Milton Society of America.
Note on This Edition. Acknowledgments. List of Illustrations. Chronology. Textual Introduction. Introduction to the 1645 Volume: Poems of Mr. John Milton . ENGLISH AND ITALIAN POEMS . The Stationer to the Reader. On the morning of CHRISTS Nativity. A Paraphrase on Psalm 114. Psalm 136. The Passion. On Time. Upon the Circumcision. At a solemn Musick. An Epitaph on the Marchioness of Winchester . On May morning. On Shakespear . On the University Carrier. Another on the same. L ' Allegro . Il Penseroso . SONNETS. I O Nightingale. II Donna leggiadra . III Qual in colle aspro . Canzone. IV Diodati, e te'l diro . V Per certo i bei vostr'occhi . VI Giovane piano . VII How soon hath Time. VIII Captain or Colonel, or Knight in Arms. IX Lady that in the prime of earliest youth. X Daughter to that good Earl. Arcades . Lycidas . A Mask of the Same Author. Title page. To the Right Honourable, John Lord Vicount BRACLY. The Copy of a Letter Writt'n By Sir HENRY WOOTTON. The Persons. A MASK Presented At LUDLOW-Castle, 1634. Introduction to the Poemata , 1645. THE POEMATA , 1645 . Translator's Note: The Latin Poems. Testimonia. Haec quae sequuntur de Authore testimonia. Joannes Baptista Mansus ad Joannem Miltonium . Ad Joannem Miltonem Epigramma Joannis Salsilli . Ad Joannem Miltonum (Selvaggi). Al Signor Gio. Miltoni (Antonio Francini). JOANNI MILTONI LONDINIENSI (Carolus Datus). ELEGIARUM LIBER PRIMUS . Elegia prima ad Carolum Diodatum . Elegia secunda. In obitum Proconis Academici Cantabrigiensis . Elegia tertia. In obitum Prosulis Wintoniensis . Elegia quarta. Ad Thomam Junium . Elegia quinta. In adventum veris . Elegia sexta. Ad Carolum Diodatum . Elegia septima. Haec ego mente [Retraction]. In proditionem Bombardicam . In eandem . In eandem . In eandem . In inventorem Bombardo . Ad Leonoram Romo cantentem . Ad eandem . Ad eandem . SYLVARUM LIBER . In obitum Procancellarii medici. In quintum Novembris. In obitum Prosulis Eliensis. Naturam non pati senium . De Idea Platonica . Ad Patrem . Psalm 114. Philosophus ad regem . Ad Salsillum . Mansus . EPITAPHIUM DAMONIS. Introduction to Poems, &c. UPON Several Occasions , 1673. ENGLISH POEMS ADDED IN 1673 . On the Death of a fair Infant dying of a Cough . SONNETS. XI A Book was writ of late call'd Tetrachordon . XII On the same . XIII To Mr . H. Lawes, on his Aires . XIV [On ye religious memory of Mrs Catharine Thomason]. XV (18) On the late Massacher in Piemont. XVI (19) When I consider how my light is spent. XVII (20) Lawrence of virtuous Father. XVIII (21) Cyriack , whose Grandsire. XIX (23) Methought I saw. The Fifth Ode of Horace. Lib. I. Ad PYRRHAM. Ode V . At a Vacation Exercise in the Colledge . On the new forcers of Conscience under the Long PARLIAMENT. PSALMS. I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. VIII. LXXX. LXXXI. LXXXII. LXXXIII. LXXXIV. LXXXV. LXXXVI. LXXXVII. LXXXVIII. LATIN AND GREEK POEMS ADDED IN 1673 . Poem added to Elegiarum Liber in 1673 . Apologus de Rustico & Hero . POEMS ADDED TO SYLVARUM LIBER IN 1673 . In Effigiei Ejus Sculptorem . Ad Joannem Rousium . Introduction to the Uncollected Poems. SONNETS PUBLISHED IN 1694 . To my Lord FAIRFAX. To Oliver Cromwell. To Sir HENRY VANE. To Mr. CYRIAC SKINNER Upon his Blindness. UNPUBLISHED LATIN POEMS . Carmina Elegiaca. Verses in Lesser Asclepiads (Ignauus Satrapam). Introduction to Poems Published in 1671. Introduction to Paradise Regained . PARADISE REGAINED . Book I. Book 2. Book 3. Book 4. Introduction to Samson Agonistes . SAMSON AGONISTES . Of that sort of Dramatic Poem which is call'd Tragedy . THE ARGUMENT. The Persons . SAMSON AGONISTES. APPENDIX . Bridgewater Maske . Manuscript of songs by Henry Lawes from A Mask . Trinity Manuscript: a page from A Mask . SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY . TEXTUAL NOTES . Textual Notes to English and Italian Poems, 1645. Textual Notes to Poemata , 1645. Textual Notes to English Poems Added in 1673. Textual Notes to Sonnets Published in 1694. Textual Notes to Unpublished Poems. Textual Notes to Paradise Regained . Textual Notes to Samson Agonistes .