Share this entry

Share this page

Milton, John

Line breaks: John Mil¦ton
Pronunciation: /ˈmɪlt(ə)n
 
/

Definition of Milton, John in English:

( 1608–74), English poet. His three major works, completed after he had gone blind (1652), show his mastery of blank verse: they are the epic poems Paradise Lost (1667, revised 1674) and Paradise Regained (1671), and the verse drama Samson Agonistes (1671).

Derivatives

Miltonian

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The Miltonian similitude connotes the nobility of the commitment; Milton's mythic status rightly underlines the values of freedom and justice and the intrinsic good of commitments to these things.
  • ‘I have accepted the fact that there will never be a kairos moment for me, just an uneventful Miltonian plow-the-fields discipline… a few more cups of mocha grande at Starbucks, each one losing a little bit more of its flavor,’ he wrote.
  • ECUSA's episcopal identity stands in an almost suicidal relationship with the Miltonian anti-episcopal understanding of religious liberty.

Miltonic

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • In alluding to the Miltonic passage, Dryden provides a denouement for the typology that makes a Satan of Achitophel both in his satiric portrait and in his temptation of Absalom.
  • But the specific point of this particular allegorization and appropriation is, in a kind of recursive loop, to support the sacred poetics which the Miltonic narrator is building for himself.
  • Lowell's Lord Weary pounded iambic thunder in brilliant Miltonic paragraphing, as decisive as Yeats without sounding like Yeats.

Definition of Milton, John in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something