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John Milton (1608-74) used to be born in London, and used to be trained at St Paul's college and thus at Christ's university, Cambridge. Thereafter he spent a few years in deepest examine, vacationing France and Italy within the overdue 1630s. Upon his go back to a country now in political difficulty, he committed himself to instructing and to the book of a chain of more and more radical pamphlets on non secular and political liberty, together with defences of divorce, a loose press, and the precise of a humans to depose and execute a tyrannical king. He turned thoroughly blind in 1652. After the recovery he used to be politically muzzled, yet during this interval he released his mature poetic masterpieces, together with Paradise misplaced (1667). this day, Milton is healthier often called a poet; in his personal time, it used to be for his polemical prose that he used to be either celebrated and reviled. Dr William Poole is an academic fellow at New university, Oxford. He has released commonly within the components of early-modern literary, highbrow and clinical historical past.

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Tutti lo miran, tutti onor Ii fanno : quivi vid' Yo Socrate e Platone, m che 'nnanzi a Ii altri piu presso Ii stanno; Democrito che 'l mondo a caso pone, Dlogenes, Anassagora e Tale, m Empedocles, Eraclito e Zenone; e vidi il buono accoglitor del quale, Dlascoride dico; e vidi Orfeo, u1 Tullo e Lino e Seneca morale; Euclide geometra e Tolomeo, lpocrate, Avicenna e Galleno, 144 Averois che 'l gran comento feo. FER IV 106-144 Nous parvinmes au pied d'un noble chateau* sept fois entoure de hauts murs 10s et defendu par une belle riviere.

Molte fiate l'omo ingombra si che d'onrata impresa lo rivolve, come falso veder bestia quand' ombra. Da questa tema accio che tu ti solve, dirotti perch' io venni e quel ch'io 'ntesi nel primo punto che di te mi dolve. Io era tra color che son sospesi, e donna mi chiamo beata e bella, ta! che di comandare io la richiesi. Lucevan Ii occhi suoi piu che la stella; e cominciommi a dir soave e piana, con angelica voce, in sua favella : "O anima cortese mantoana, di cui la fama ancor nel mondo dura, e durera quanto 'I mondo lontana, l'amico mio, e non de la ventura, ne la diserta piaggia e impedito si nel cammin, che volt' e per paura; e temo che non sia gia si smarrito, ch'io mi sia tardi al soccorso levata, per quel ch'i' ho di lui nel cielo udito.

Amor, ch'a nullo amato amar perdona, mi prese de! costui piacer sf forte, 1os che, come vedi, ancor non m'abbandona. ENFER V 67-105 Tu vois Paris, Tristan »; ainsi ii m'en montra et m'en designa du doigt plus de mille 69 qu'amour ota de notre vie. Quand j'eus ainsi entendu mon docteur nommer Jes dames de jadis et Jes cavaliers, n pitie me prit, et je devins comme egare. Je commen~ai : « Poete, volontiers je parlerais a ces deux-ci* qui vont ensemble, 1; et qui semblent si legers dans le vent. 'amour qui Jes mene, et ils viendront.

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