Why we should read John Milton's poetry today - EXPeditions

Why we should read John Milton's poetry today

by Joe Moshenska
  • Key point 1
    What distinguishes John Milton is that he was very acutely attuned to the larger tensions in the society around him. He had a powerful sense of his own individuality but also of the importance of thinking collectively.
  • Key point 2
    Milton’s most famous work was Paradise Lost, his epic poem on the fall of humankind in the Garden of Eden.
  • Key point 3
    In Paradise Lost, Milton reimagines Bible passages: he takes a story that’s full of gaps, suggestions and possibilities and fills it with the power of his own imagination.