Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.
– John Milton
John Milton was a Renaissance poet, polemic, and a civil servant to the Commonwealth of England. He is incontrovertibly known as the writer of “Paradise Lost”, an epic poem adapted from the Fall of Man, a biblical story, written in media res. His writings were based on his own sentiments, with a certain drive for freedom and passion. Being a Renaissance artist, he believed in the integration of Christian theology and new ideas. In his political writing, he is very staunch in his approach; some might even call his thoughts dangerous. He managed to spread his ideas throughout Europe, as he was fluent in English, Greek, Latin and Italian. He died of kidney failure and was survived by his children and his third wife. He is considered one of Britain’s most preeminent writers.
I have a profound regard for Milton;s poetry, but how far his star has fallen. He was still a beacon to the Romantics – all of them wanted to write a long poem for their age which would rival PARADISE LOST in his age.
But they KNEW his worth as a poet; today who reads him? Not even English majors! I do not subscribe to Milton’s attitudes that are …Read more »
I very much appreciate your commentary. I, however, as a Christian do feel as though I can connect in a way that I wouldn’t otherwise. Either way, I love that he can be more universal.
I agree with you wholeheartedly that Milton will have a revival at some point. The complexity and language of his work will be appreciated once the expectation of …Read more »
When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodg’d with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide,
“Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?”
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, …Read more »