Poem introduction

This was Milton’s first published poem. Milton’s father was the Trustee of the Blackfriars Theatre, which had been winter quarters for the King’s men, for whom Shakespeare acted and wrote many of his plays and this family familiarity may explain Milton’s own sense of intimacy as he addresses Shakespeare as ‘my Shakespeare’.

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