Friday, January 2, 2009

January 2: School Day Poems of John Milton (Vol. 4, pp. 7-18)

On this day in 1645, the first edition of Milton's collected poems was published. These verses were written when he was still in his teens. Milton is an acquired taste, and like many readers, I never acquired it.

Today's selections, "On The Morning of Christ's Nativity," written in 1629, and "A Paraphrase of Psalm CXIV," written in 1624, are filled with the overwrought piety that Milton is known for.

Fortunately, not all of Milton's writing is like this.

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