Wednesday, April 3

Facts about John Milton


Learn some quick facts about 
John Milton.  


This week, we delve into the life and works of the renowned poet, John Milton, a significant figure in the literary world. Last week, we explored the poetry of Christina Rossetti

John Milton, a luminary in the world of poetry, penned over twenty remarkable poems. Born in London, England, to John Milton and Sarah Jeffrey, he was the sibling of two. His contributions to literature are significant and continue to inspire generations.


Continue reading to find out more about John Milton. 


Here is a list of some poems by John Milton: 

  • The Passion
  • A Mask
  • On Shakespeare
  • On Time
  • Song on May Morning
  • Psalm 136
  • Psalm Translations
  • Paradise Lost
  • At a Solemn Musick

Parents/caretakers, be sure poems are child-friendly before reading them to your child/children.

Are you a fan of poetry? We'd love to hear your thoughts on John Milton's works. 



Quick facts about John Milton: 

1. He was born December 9, 1608, in London, England.

2. John Milton was 65 years old when he died. He passed away on November 8, 1674, in London, England. He is buried at St Giles-without-Cripplegate in the City of London. He died from either tuberculosis or gout.

3. The following is one of John Milton’s poems:

On Shakespeare

What needs my Shakespeare, for his honoured bones,

The labour of an age in piled stones?

Or that his hallowed relics should be hid

Under a star-ypointing pyramid?

Dear son of Memory, great heir of Fame,

What need'st thou such weak witness of thy name?

Thou, in our wonder and astonishment,

Hast built thyself a livelong monument.

For whilst, to the shame of slow-endeavouring art,

Thy easy numbers flow, and that each heart

Hath, from the leaves of thy unvalued book,

Those Delphic lines with deep impression took;

Then thou, our fancy of itself bereaving,

Dost make us marble, with too much conceiving,

And, so sepulchred, in such pomp dost lie,

That kings for such a tomb would wish to die.


(You can print out a worksheet on this poem. You will fill in the missing words in the poem) 

4. John Milton was a polemicist. A polemicist is a person who likes to engage in controversial debates.

5. John Milton was educated at home by a tutor named Thomas Young. He also attended St Paul's School in London for a while, where he studied Greek and Latin. He then went on to college. He graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1629.

6. Here is a list of John Milton’s siblings:

  • Anne Milton (1604)
  • Christopher Milton (1615)

7. John Milton was married three times. Here is a list of his wife's names:

  • Mary Powell (1st wife)
  • Katherine Woodcock (2nd)
  • Elizabeth Minshull (3rd)

8.  He had five children altogether, four of the children he had with his first wife, Mary Powell. He had one child with his second wife, Katherine Woodcock. Here is a list of his five children:

  • Anne
  • Mary
  • John
  • Deborah
  • Katherine

9. At forty-three, John Milton was struck with complete blindness. However, this did not deter his creative spirit. In fact, it was during this challenging period that he penned his masterpiece, Paradise Lost, a twelve-book epic spanning over 10,000 lines. His resilience and determination are truly inspiring.


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Books by John Milton and others: 

1. John Milton: A Biography by Neil Forsyth

2. Milton's Paradise Lost by John Milton

3. The Complete Poems Of John Milton by John Milton


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Tune in next time to learn some quick facts about John Keats!


“What reinforcement we may gain from hope, If not, what resolution from despair.”—John Milton




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