If Milton had a Blog – part 1

John Milton only did one thing in his life. But that one thing was enough to ensure him everlasting immortality. That thing was – Paradise Lost.

The greatest of poetical works, I dare say it even trumps Virgil for it’s relevance and narrative tightness. I am as besotted as anyone with Homer’s Odyssey, but that work only works at the storyline level; it lacks depth and mortal profundity. And as for the Faerie Queen, it’s technical mastery still astonishes, yet it will ever be the fairie tale of elizabethan england. No, it is Milton who bears the poetical crown for uniting text and meaning, and I will explain his deep significance to us living so many centuries on.

Who are We?

However much we have thrown off the shackles of a Christian past, it’s legacy is everpresent in our most cherished institutions. Whether is be schooling, law, the two houses of parliament, our speech, our workday week, our musical scales, our universities; all bear their birth from the Church.

I am not religious, and not many are in the traditional sense, but to rightly comprehend who we are, where we come from, what our culture is reacting to, you need to know a little about the Christian faith.

And I know no better way than starting with Milton.

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4 Responses to “If Milton had a Blog – part 1”

  1. SilverTiger Says:

    Milton was indeed a great poet but rather than admiring our Christian heritage I wonder whether he would have been an even greater poet had he not been constrained by it.

    I think that “They also serve who only stand and wait – a reference to his own blindness – is one of the saddest lines in poetry.

    Email SilverTiger

  2. ggwfung Says:

    o silvertiger! I have a whole series planned, with film adaptation rights and all. Don’t spoil it for me just yet рџ™‚

    And yes, Beethoven with his deafness, and Milton losing his eyesight – incredible ironies if you have faith in an almighty God.

    ggw

  3. thenewconstitution Says:

    I’d suggest that, from the small part of Paradise Lost that I have studied, there are better ways to become educated about true Christianity.

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