Milton: The Complete Shorter Poems
6%
off

Milton: The Complete Shorter Poems

4.13 (60 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , Edited by 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day
When will my order arrive?

Description

This masterly edition contains all of Milton's English poems, with the exception of Paradise Lost, together with translations and texts of all his Latin, Italian and Greek poems. First published in 1968 - and substantially updated in 1996 - John Carey's edition has, with Alastair Fowler's Paradise Lost, established itself as the pre-eminent edition of Milton's poetry, both for the student and the general reader. Hailed as 'a very Bible of a Milton', the extensive notes and headnotes serve to illuminate the wealth of Milton's allusions and to synthesize the judgements and disagreements of a bewildering array of modern critics. Each headnote sets out details of composition and context which will deepen any reader's appreciation of the poetry, while also providing a concise overview of the critical and scholarly debates that continue to flame around the work of one of the greatest poets in the English language. Steeped in learning though it undoubtedly is, it is also an unfailing light to those who wish to plot their own path through the dazzling riches of Milton's imagination.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 552 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 29.46mm | 658g
  • LONGMAN
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1405832797
  • 9781405832793
  • 340,106

Back cover copy

This masterly edition contains all of Milton's English poems, with the exception of "Paradise Lost," together with translations and texts of all his Latin, Italian and Greek poems. First published in 1968 - and substantially updated in 1996 - John Carey's edition has, with Alastair Fowler's "Paradise Lost," established itself as the pre-eminent edition of Milton's poetry, both for the student and the general reader. Hailed as 'a very Bible of a Milton', the extensive notes and headnotes serve to illuminate the wealth of Milton's allusions and to synthesize the judgements and disagreements of a bewildering array of modern critics. Each headnote sets out details of composition and context which will deepen any reader's appreciation of the poetry, while also providing a concise overview of the critical and scholarly debates that continue to flame around the work of one of the greatest poets in the English language. Steeped in learning though it undoubtedly is, it is also an unfailing light to those who wish to plot their own path through the dazzling riches of Milton's imagination.

John Carey is Emeritus Merton Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, and is acknowledged as one of the world's leading Miltonists. He has written extensively on Milton's life and poetry and translated his treatise 'On Christian Doctrine' for the Yale "Complete Prose Works of John Milton. "
show more

Table of contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Chronological Table of Milton's Life and Chief Publications
THE MINOR POEMS AND SAMSONS AGONISTES
Textual Introduction
Bibliography of References Cited
Index of Titles and First Lines
show more

Review quote

"This is a very Bible of Milton, and the editors should be upheld forever as the supreme example to all future editors and annotators of English verse."

Selina Hastings, The Daily Telegraph

"Those familiar with the complexities and indecisions of Milton scholarship know how formidable a task it is to prepare an adequately annotated edition of the poems. Mr Carey & Mr Fowler have tackled the task with zest and discrimination as well as perseverance. For several years to come their work will be indispensable to both scholars and students.

Times Literary Supplement

"For forty years Fowler's magisterial edition of Milton (done in partnership with John Carey) has established the benchmark for erudite commentary in his (and Greenblatt's) field."

John Sutherland, The Guardian

"This will surely become the standard working edition for student and scholar alike...a formidable task splendidly accomplished."

The Oxford Magazine (of the First Edition)

This masterly edition contains all of Milton's English poems, with the exception of Paradise Lost, together with translations and texts of all his Latin, Italian and Greek poems. First published in 1968 - and substantially updated in 1996 - John Carey's edition has, with Alastair Fowler's Paradise Lost, established itself as the pre-eminent edition of Milton's poetry, both for the student and the general reader.
show more

About John Milton

John Carey is Emeritus Merton Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, and is acknowledged as one of the world's leading Miltonists. He has written extensively on Milton's life and poetry and translated his treatise 'On Christian Doctrine' for the Yale Complete Prose Works of John Milton.
show more

Rating details

60 ratings
4.13 out of 5 stars
5 42% (25)
4 38% (23)
3 13% (8)
2 5% (3)
1 2% (1)

Our customer reviews

John Milton's <em>Paradise Lost</em>, published originally in 1667 when it came split into ten books, is one of the greatest poems ever written in the English language (and the <a href="http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBSITE/WWW/WEBPAGES/showbook.php?id=1405832789">Longman Annotated</a> edition is one of the best versions on the market). Milton's tale of Satan's fall remains vital and profound; an essential read for anyone interested in the beauty and profundity of the English language. Longman's <a href="http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBSITE/WWW/WEBPAGES/showbook.php?id=1405832797">Milton: The Complete Shorter Poems</a> contains "all of Milton's English poems [including <em>Samson Agonistes</em> and<em> Paradise Regained</em>], with the excepion of <em>Paradise Lost</em>, together with translations and texts of all his Latin, Italian and Greek poems." The book is widely considered to be the standard complete text and is a fine testament to the rigorous scholarship of its editors. This new, revised second edition, edited by John Carey, buils on Alastair Fowler's highly praised 1968 text. The breadth of work here is astonishing, but one brief fragment reminds us of the radicalism of Milton the revolutionary: in a fragment that appeared in February 1649, defending the execution of Charles I, he renders Seneca thus: <br /><br /><em>There can be slain<br />No sacrifice to God more acceptable<br />Than an unjust and wicked king.</em>show more
by Mark Thwaite
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X