Masters Thesis

Darkness visible: Milton, seventeenth- century perspectives, and the changing Miltonic Canon

Milton was without a doubt the seventeenth century's most intelligent and prolific artist. He was also the most ambitious counting himself among the most learned and talented men of the era. Idealistic and ambitious he appeared to have personified every quality of the classical bard and of the classical intellectual. Milton consciously aligned himself with the greats and was determined to outpace even the most prolific and influential poets: Homer, Virgil, Spenser. He wanted to compose an epic unlike anything ever before seen. Many maintain that he succeeded; this creator of Paradise Lost, arguably the greatest epic poem ever constructed, needed every advantage and every insight into psychology, society, religion, and theodicy he possessed.

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