Tuesday, December 9, 2008
John Milton (b. Dec. 9, 1608) ranks next to Shakespeare as one of the most influential poets of the English language. His literary achievement is remarkable considering Milton lost his eyesight in 1652 and was forced to dictate his work to scribes.
Milton’s best known works include the epic poem “Paradise Lost,” which tells the story of the fall of man, its sequel “Paradise Regained,” and “Areopagitica,” a treatise condemning censorship.
On the 400th anniversary of Milton’s birth, English Professor John Rumrich,…