Born in London, England in the early seventeenth century, Milton grew up to be a widely respected and known poet and a considerable political proponent (“John Milton”). Growing up, he excelled in his schooling and frequently attended church services. At the age of seventeen, Milton continued his education at Christ’s College located in Cambridge, England. After some consideration, he fully decided writing poetry would be what he would do for the rest of his life. During the time when the English Puritans were developing a plan to cause the downfall of not only the monarchy but also the Church of England, he neglected his poetry writing; the forsaking of his writing was simply due to his primary focus shifting to and being placed on the political pamphlet writing that had begun to consume the majority of his time. Despite his and the majority of the citizens of England’s efforts, the English monarchy was fully reinstituted; afterwards, Milton continued life like it had been before the political disorder. For Milton, the return to normal life predominately included returning to writing poetry. Even though he became fully blind during the political unrest while acting as Cromwell’s secretary, he still managed to write poetry. Because of his unfortunate circumstance, he would write his poems in his head and remember them, but every day, he instructed one of his daughters to write down the portion of a poem he had written. He later died at the age of sixty-six in 1674.
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...goes against the basic requirements for a hero which has been set in place before him (Luxon and Moe).
Milton is undeniably considered one of the best poets in English history, and with his widely known poem/epic, Paradise Lost, his work frequently is debated among critics and readers. The most common debate revolves around who wa meant to be the hero of the poem; although we may never truly know who the hero was meant to be or if a hero was even determined by Milton himself, critics and readers continuously attempt to determine who deserves the title of hero in Paradise Lost between Satan, the Son of God, and Adam. All three characters who are contestants in the running for the title of hero have faults which easily deter others from thinking one of the characters deserves the title. The mystery of determining who the hero of Paradise Lost may never be determined.
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