Other than "Areopagitica" in Volume 3 of the Harvard Classics, I had never read anything of Milton's, so I did not know what to expect. But now I'm done, I'm glad that because of the Harvard Classics, I got to read "Paradise Lost." None of Milton's other poems approaches this one in terms of sheer beauty, and I can honestly say that I have never read anything quite like it.
Simply for including "Paradise Lost," and at the low, low price of $1, this volume of the Harvard Classics deserves 5 stars, but as with all the volumes of the Classics I've read up to this point, there are still minor errors of spelling, and that's why I'm docking a star from this review.
John Milton was much more than the author of Paradise Lost. That itself warrants this purchase (it's only $1!), but includes poems from his time in College, when he was at Horton, a number of letters and poems written during the Civil War, Paradise Regained and Samson's Agonistes.
Milton in general is hard to read. He's not so much as a poet as we're familiar with - rhyming is sparse, but it takes on the form of a Greek tragedy/drama. Paradise Lost took considerable effort to persevere through on my part, but I'm glad I did.
If you're a fan of Milton, this is the entire collection for less than a cup of coffee. You can't beat it.