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Milton is a town of some 2,000 people, located on State Highway 1, 50 kilometres to the south of Dunedin in Otago. It lies on the floodplain of the Tokomairiro River, the two branches of which flow past the north and south ends of the town. The New Zealand State Highway network is a network of roads covering the North and South Islands. ... Dunedin is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, located in coastal Otago. ... Otago is one of the regions of New Zealand and lies in the southeast of the South Island. ... The Tokomairiro River is located in Otago, New Zealand. ...

Founded as a milling town in the 1850s, there has long been dispute as to the naming of the settlement. The town's streets are named for prominent British poets, and it is possible that the town's original intended name of Milltown became shortened by association with the poet of the same name. It is equally possible, however, that the name Milton inspired the choice of poets' names for the streets. John Milton John Milton (December 9, 1608 – November 8, 1674) was an English poet, most famous for his blank verse epic Paradise Lost. ...

Milton's early history was strongly affected by the discovery of gold by Gabriel Read at Gabriel's Gully close to the nearby township of Lawrence. As Milton stood close to one of the most easily accessible routes to the interior, it grew greatly during the goldrush years of the 1860s and was a major staging post for prospectors heading for the goldfields. Gold rush ad A gold rush is a period of feverish migration of workers into the area of a dramatic discovery of commercial quantities of gold. ... Gabriel Read was an Australian gold prospector who, after working on the goldfields of California and Victoria, Australia travelled to New Zealand. ... Gabriels Gully is a locality in Otago, New Zealand, three kilometres from Lawrence township and close to the Tuapeka River. ... Lawrence is a small town of some 500 inhabitants in Otago, in New Zealands South Island. ... For the Neil Young album evoking this phrase, see After the Gold Rush. ... Events and trends Italian unification under King Victor Emmanuel II. Wars for expansion and national unity continue until the incorporation of the Papal States (March 17, 1861 - September 20, 1870). ...

Today, Milton is, after Balclutha, the second largest town in South Otago. Its main economic livelihood is as a service town for the surrounding farming community, although forestry is also becoming of increasing importance. Balclutha is a town in Otago, it lies towards the end of the Clutha River on the east coast of the New Zealand. ... South Otago (pop. ... Forestry (formally known as silviculture) is the art, science, and practice of studying and managing forests and related natural resources. ...

Milton is also home to an unusual planning anomaly - the main street (Union Street) has a kink in it. Heading north on the main street the road moves a whole roadwidth to the west. The reason for the anomaly is disputed. A widely accepted view, but not the offical view, states that the road was set out by two surveyors, one moving north and the other moving south, who each set out the road to the left of their survey line. Another widely held belief is that the kink was designed to protect a large tree which formerly stood at the site where the kink is.

The farming settlement of Milburn two kilometres north of Milton, has recently been controversially chosen as the site of a new prison. Milburn is a small settlement about three kilometres north of Milton, New Zealand. ...

Milton is also home to Wilsons Transport, one of the largest locally owned transport companies in the region.

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Milton's early poems have a baroque luxuriousness, a rich and sensuous use of imagery and cadence, while his later works are more sober, the blank verse more measured in its mixture of classical and English diction.
News of the impending conflict in England between king and Parliament took him home the following year, and his return may be seen as closing the first of three well-marked divisions into which his life falls.
Milton's verse is not always the ‘organ voice’ for which he is notorious; it is a flexible medium, capable of great precision and subtlety.
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