Titlepage of Milton's 1645 edition of his youthful poems

This edition included a poem celebrating Shakespeare's achievements. As Jonathan Bate writes: "The works of Milton, notably his masque Comus, were steeped in Shakespearean language. The young Milton's first published poem was a sonnet prefixed to the second edition of the Folio, in which Shakespeare was said to have built himself 'a live-long Monument' in the form of his plays." Guardian (London), on 14 April 2007.

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1645