Here you can read his biography in more detail than you ever could have hoped for.
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More on Milton, including audio, images, and video.
This website walks you through Milton's life and the culture of the seventeenth century, using quotes and images. You'll feel like you're back in Jolly Old England with Jolly Old John. Except, you know, with electricity.
Check out the first of a two-part lecture series from Yale professor John Rogers, who really knows his stuff.
Don't forget the second half.
A brief introduction and a reading of the poem, from LearnOutLoud.org. Scroll down the page to "Lycidas," where you can download the file or stream it. Hearing these hundred-years old lines read aloud is quite a thrill.
Or, try a listen here, at librivox.org.
A young John Milton, rocking a center part.
An older John Milton, looking much the same.
"Lycidas," from Milton's notebook. Go ahead – snoop.
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