By Catherine Gimelli Martin

Solidly grounded in Milton's prose works and the lengthy heritage of Milton scholarship, Milton one of the Puritans: The Case for historic Revisionism demanding situations many acquired rules approximately Milton's model of Christianity, philosophy, and poetry. It does so mainly via retracing his historical past as a superb "Puritan poet" and reexamining the strangely tenuous Whig paradigm upon which this heritage has been equipped. Catherine Martin not just questions the present behavior of "lumping" Milton with the non secular Puritans yet has the same opinion with a protracted line of literary students who locate his values and way of life markedly inconsistent with their ideals and practices. Pursuing this argument, Martin rigorously reexamines the total spectrum of seventeenth-century English Puritanism from the point of view of the latest and revered scholarship at the topic. Martin additionally explores different, extra secular assets of Milton's inspiration, together with his Baconianism, his Christian Stoic ethics, and his classical republicanism; she establishes the significance of those affects via various direct references, silent yet transparent citations, and common tropes. All in all, Milton one of the Puritans provides a thorough reassessment of Milton's non secular identification; it exhibits that many obtained principles concerning the "Puritan Milton" are neither as common as so much students think nor as traditionally defensible as such a lot literary critics nonetheless suppose, and resituates Milton's nice poems within the interval once they have been written, the Restoration.

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