Next to William Shakespeare, John Milton is usually regarded as the greatest English

poet. His magnifcent Paradise ost is considered to !e the fnest epic poem in the
English language. "n other epics and in shorter #erse $orms Milton sho%ed $urther
proo$ o$ his genius. &lthough they are not as %ell kno%n, Milton's essays in prose
are po%er$ul arguments on such su!(ects as di#orce and $reedom o$ the press.

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