[PDF Notes] Religious tendency in Milton’s writings

All through his life Milton’s religious fervor was unshaken. Even his enemies did not deny his sincerity. It is seen even in his early sonnets.

It persists upto the end, growing deeper and more J intense In Paradise Lost, for example, his chief motive is to “Justify the ways of God to men” I This religious tendency is apparent in (1) The choice of religious subjects, especially in the later I is, (2) The sense of responsibility and moral exaltation (3) The fondness for preaching and I lecturing, which in Paradise Lost is a positive weakness (4) The narrowness of outlook strongly Puritanical, seen in his outbursts against his opponents “miscellaneous rabble”.

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