John Milton (1608 – 1674) was an English poet, prose polemicist and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Cromwell. He is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost.
Milton wrote this short poem while studying for his MA at Cambridge in 1629.
Milton’s magnum opus, the blank-verse epic poem Paradise Lost was composed by the blind Milton from 1658-1664. It reflects his personal despair at the failure of the Revolution, yet affirms an ultimate optimism in human potential.