Miltonic Romanticism

Joseph Wittreich

in The Oxford Handbook of Milton

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199697885
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Miltonic Romanticism

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Romanticism has been described as ‘a new mythology’ with an inward turn, an interiorizing and psychologizing impulse, which, as it shifts the inflection from the loss to the recovery of paradise, projects its redemption myth from God back to man. The inaugurating figure of Romanticism is John Milton. It is his impact on Romanticism that gives currency to an understanding of the wilderness story, which, especially in Milton's rendering of it in Paradise Regained, is a prophetic poem about the evolution of human consciousness and the building up of the human spirit. As much as Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, and Samson Agonistes are defining poems of British Romanticism, of the three, Paradise Regained is the most strikingly so.

Keywords: British Romanticism; John Milton; Paradise Regained; Paradise Lost; Samson Agonistes

Article.  9593 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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