Shelley and Milton

Madeleine Callaghan

in The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199558360
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Shelley and Milton

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Shelley called Milton the single most influential poet in the English tradition. Milton was Shelley's model, mentor, and muse. Shelley also lists Milton alongside Shakespeare and Dante as a philosopher of ‘the very loftiest powers’. This chapter examines Milton's influence on Shelley's work, considering allusions to Milton in works such as A Defence of Poetry, Prometheus Unbound, The Cenci, and Adonais.

Keywords: Percy Bysshe Shelley; English poets; Romantic poets; John Milton

Article.  8193 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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