25. Milton and the Romantics

  1. Charles Mahoney Associate Professor of English
  1. Gordon Teskey Professor of English

Published Online: 3 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390650.ch25

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

How to Cite

Teskey, G. (2010) Milton and the Romantics, in A Companion to Romantic Poetry (ed C. Mahoney), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390650.ch25

Editor Information

  1. University of Connecticut, USA

Author Information

  1. Harvard University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 26 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135542

Online ISBN: 9781444390650



  • Milton and the Romantics;
  • John Milton's great epic poem, Paradise Lost - the year of the poet's death;
  • Shakespeare, sublimity and terror - on storm-swept, lightning-blasted heath of King Lear;
  • Romantics, believed that hard and prolonged travel - in wild nature, to extend one's reach in poetry;
  • Romantic poets, finding grandeur in Milton's imaginary landscapes - in the violent abyss of chaos;
  • supernatural landscapes, the more real for us - sweep of Milton's terrestrial landscapes;
  • Wordsworth, only Romantic poet - who was able to rise to Milton's height in blank verse, to sustain himself there for as long as Milton did;
  • Byron, stood out - Milton's blank verse for a long, quasi-epic poem, writing Childe Harold's Pilgrimage in Spenserian stanzas and Don Juan in ottava rima;
  • Blake, recognizing Milton - as the greatest prophet of liberty in the modern world


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  • References and Further Reading