The Milton Controversy
This chapter evaluates whether Milton's style in his ‘Paradise Lost’, as well as his other works, has been justly criticized. It examines several arguments presented by Milton's critics, particularly those of Dr. Leavis, Mr. Empson, and Mr. Eliot. It classifies charges against Milton as misreadings; there are convincing accounts either of general faults in the Miltonic style, or of particular moments when the poet's mind was not fully on what he was doing; last, there are the large-scale accusations of imprecision and insensitivity.
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