Throughout the book, references to the works of Milton are taken from the following texts and abbreviated as shown:
The Poems, eds J. Carey and A. Fowler (London: Longman, 1968)
The Complete Prose Works of John Milton, ed. D.M. Wolfe (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1953-82)
The Works of John Milton, ed. F.A. Patterson (New York: Columbia University Press, 1931-40)
For the poetry, all references are to line numbers. For the prose works, all references are to page numbers. Where CPW or WJM are followed by a Roman numeral, e.g. CPW III, the reference includes a volume number.
For all other references, the Harvard system is used; full details of items cited can be found in the bibliography.
Cross-referencing between sections is one of the features of this series. Cross-references to relevant page numbers appear in bold type and square brackets: .