Milton and the Romantics

David Fairer

in John Milton

Published by British Academy

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780197264706
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734557 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Original Paperbacks

Milton and the Romantics

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According to Joseph Wittreich, Romantic poets empowered Milton by making him whole again through their readings of his poetry in the future tense, so that poems emerging from one moment of crisis could reflect upon and explain another crisis in history when, once again, terror and tyranny overruled. In the Romantic period, it became a commonplace to link the prophetic Milton to the Romantic poets. This chapter discusses Milton and the Romantics. It examines the Romanticist readings of Paradise Lost and its influence in the writings of the Romantic poets. The chapter examines his tradition of prophecy and oppositional rhetoric, which found its way into the works of the Romantics.

Keywords: Romantic poets; Milton; poetry; Romantic period; prophetic Milton; visionary Romanticism; Romantics; Romanticist readings; Paradise Lost; tradition of prophecy

Chapter.  8142 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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