[Milton-L] When Milton is the title, not the author

James Rovira jamesrovira at gmail.com
Fri Nov 28 21:57:35 EST 2014

Good post, Dario, thanks for sharing. I read MHH as Blake commenting on
Milton and his poem *Milton* as Blake commenting on Milton's influence,
especially on Blake himself.

Good point about the lines on plate 20 as well.

Jim R

On Fri, Nov 28, 2014 at 6:15 AM, Dario Rivarossa <dario.rivarossa at gmail.com>

> Rereading William Blake's long poem "Milton" after ten years is a
> shocking experience: here Blake really surpasses himself. On the other
> hand, probably no poet has ever been honored by another poet like that
> --- not even Virgil by Dante!
> A major point of interest in this poem is that Blake's views on Milton
> and Swedenborg have grown much more complex than in "The Marriage of
> Heaven & Hell," whose insights have unfortunately become shallow
> commonplace, however bold they might have been at that time.
> Just one curious detail. In "Milton," Dante's influence is nearly
> absent; Blake would probably 'discover' the Divine Comedy later. But
> in these lines from Plate 20:
>           . . .  on the Earth were Satan
>           Fell and was cut off, . . .
> the vision does not come from Paradise Lost, where hell is a sphere
> beyond our universe, but from Dante, Inferno 34. 121 ff.
> Last but not least, in these our days of ISIS menace, Blake's warning
> about the dangerous pair "War & Religion" (that is not the same as
> Faith) sounds definitely fitting.
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