John Milton pp 19-34 | Cite as

Cultivating the Self: the ‘Nativity Ode’, Petrarchism, and the Social Poet

  • Cedric C. Brown
Part of the Macmillan Literary Lives book series (LL)


The latter half of the time of Milton’s studies at Cambridge, up to his receiving his Master of Arts degree, on 3 July 1632, probably gave him a good deal of freedom. The residence requirement was not strict and more liberal studies included developing plans for poetry. He would have been in London fairly often.


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  1. 3.
    Sara R. Watson, ‘Milton’s Ideal Day: Its Development as a Pastoral Theme’, PMLA, 57 (1942), 404–20.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    The translation is the later one of Thomas Creech, The Works of Horace in Latin and English (5th edn, London, 1708), i 111.Google Scholar
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    Annabel Patterson, Pastoral and Ideology: Virgil to Valéry (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988), pp. 159–60Google Scholar
  4. compare her essay ‘“Forc’d Fingers”: Milton’s Early Poems and Ideological Constraint’, in ‘The Muses Common-weale’: Poetry and Politics in the Seventeenth Century, ed. Claude J. Summers and Ted-Larry Pebworth (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1988), pp. 9–22.Google Scholar

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© Cedric C. Brown 1995

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  • Cedric C. Brown
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ReadingUK

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