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Atatürk
Posted: Friday, January 14, 2022 7:42:32 AM

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Read poems of Milton.
Read poems by Milton.
Read Milton's poems.

Are all correct and natural?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, January 14, 2022 8:10:49 AM

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I think they are all correct - I can see no grammatical reason to not use them.

However, the first one (of) sounds (to me) unnatural.

"I'm reading some poems by Milton" and "I'm reading some of Milton's poems" sound perfectly 'normal'.

I prefer to read poems by Leonard Cohen and Dylan Thomas.
thar
Posted: Friday, January 14, 2022 8:28:16 AM

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Atatürk wrote:
Read poems of Milton.
Read poems by Milton.
Read Milton's poems.

Are all correct and natural?


Most natural
Read Milton's poems (that means some or all of them)
Read some of Milton's poetry.



Also possible:
Read poems by Milton
Read some poems by Milton
(ie 'which are [written] by Milton)
this is particularly useful if you have a list of multiple people.
You wouldn't say
Read Milton's, Tennyson's and Byron's poems.
That is horrible and inelegant.
Making it 'poems by' the poets can make a it easier.
Read poems by Milton, Tennyson and Byron.

For 'of' you have to have a definite article or determiner.
Read the poems of Milton [and Tennyson].
not
Read poems of Milton
That is how you say what the poems are about.
Read poems of joy and sadness.


or other determiners:
read this poem of mine
Read this poem of Milton's
I really like that poem of yours, where you describe snow as reindeer snot.
I really like that poem of Milton's, where he describes snow as reindeer snot.


So in part I disagree with Dragon. I really don't like your first example.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, January 14, 2022 8:43:15 AM

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Well, that explains why the first one sounded unnatural to me!
Thank you.
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