John Milton (1608-1674)
This page provides an index to my essays about John Milton, the 17th century English poet, essayist, theologian and civil servant. Though primarily focused on an exposition of Paradise Lost, I also introduce you here to a few of his sonnets and other significant writings. 
Here are some expositions of some of Milton's other works:
1.  His sonnet on blindness
Here are my essays on Paradise Lost.  The first fifty focus on Book I of PL; the next sixteen discuss issues in Book III; the final four present some introductory thoughts on Book IV.  I wrote most of the essay in Summer and Fall 2009.
1.  Cracking the Code of Milton
2. Paradise Lost T-Shirts
3.  Introduction to Paradise Lost
4.  Milton as Writer I
5.  Milton as Writer II
6.  Milton's Blindness I
7.  Milton's Blindness II
8.  The Muse and the Spirit:  Introducing Book I
9.  The Fragility of Language:  An Overview of the Prologue (1.1-26)
10. Wordplay and Humor in Book I
11.  The Language of I.1-26, First Essay
12. The Language of I:1-26, Second Essay
13.  Welcome to Hell; I. 27-83, First Essay
14.  Welcome to Hell; I. 27-83, Second Essay
15.  Welcome to Hell; I. 27-83, Third Essay
16.  Satan Speaks, I. 84-124 First Essay
17.  Satan Speaks, I. 84-124, Second Essay
18.  Satan Speaks, I. 84-124, Third Essay
19.  Beelzebub Responds, I. 125-155, First Essay
20. Beelzebub Responds, I. 125-155, Second Essay 
21.  Satan Responds to Beelzebub, I. 156-191, First Essay
22. Satan Responds to Beelzebub, I. 156-191, Second Essay
23.  Home on the Plain, I.192-209
24.  Home on the Plain, I.210-241
25.  Satan Speaks Again, I. 242-282
26.  Similes, I. 283-315, First Essay
27.  Similes, I. 283-315, Second Essay
28.  More Similes, I. 315-338
29.  The Numbers of Demons, I. 338-365
30.  The Names of Demons, I. 365-376
31.   The Parade of Demons, I. 376-505, First Essay
32.  The Parade of Demons, I. 376-505, Second Essay
33.  The Parade of Demons, I. 376-505, Third Essay
34.  The Parade of Demons, I. 376-505, Fourth Essay
35.  The Parade of Demons, I. 376-505, Fifth Essay
36.  Milton's Knowledge and Confusion, I. 506-521, First Essay
37.  Milton's Knowledge and Confusion, I. 506-521, Second Essay
38.  Plucking Up Courage, I. 522-550, First Essay
39.  Plucking Up Courage, I. 522-550, Second Essay
40.  The Doric Mode, I. 550-589
41.   The Strength of the Rebel Angels, I. 567-621
42.  More Similes, I. 595-620
43.  Teasing Out Poetic Brilliance, I. 619-633
44.  Satan Speaks--Again, I. 622-662.
45.  Building Hell, I. 670-730, First Essay
46.  Building Hell, I. 670-730, Second Essay
47.  Gathering at Pandemonium, I. 730-798, First Essay
48.  Gathering at Pandemonium, I. 730-798, Second Essay
49.  Gathering at Pandemonium, Similes in I. 765-798, Third Essay
50.  Finishing Book I
51.   Hymn to Light, Book III. 1-12, First Essay
52.  Hymn to Light, Book III. 1-12, Second Essay 
53.  Milton's Ambition, First Essay
54.  Milton's Ambition, Second Essay
55.  Rethinking Predestination in Book III, First Essay
56.  Rethinking Predestination in Book III, Second Essay
57.  Justifying God in Book III, First Essay
58.  Justifying God in Book III, Second Essay
59. The Father and the Son in III, 135-216, First Essay
60. The Father and the Son in III, 135-216, Second Essay
61.  The Father and the Son in III. 135-216, Third Essay
62.  The Father Concludes, III. 203-216
63.  An Interlude and Speech of the Son, III. 217-266
64.  The Son and the Father Talking, III. 227-343
65.  The Angelic Chorus in III. 344-415, First Essay
66.  The Angelic Chorus in III. 344-415, Second Essay
67.  Introducing Book IV
68.  Gratitude in IV.50-57
69.  Satan in IV. 132-201, First Essay
70.  Satan in IV. 132-201, Second Essay