Vision in Milton’s Epic Poetry

  • Jane Partner
Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)


This chapter connects the pervasive thematic importance of the eye in Milton’s epic poems with features of his poetic style. Milton’s use of his blindness as a source of poetic authority is shown to be set in contrast with Satan’s damnable ways of seeing—a point that is emphasised when a series of acrostics make the reader aware of the moral vulnerability of their own eyes. Partner examines the ways that Adamic vision before the Fall relates to the enhanced vision enabled by contemporary lens technology, reappraising Galileo’s recurrent presence in Paradise Lost, and offering a new reading of the ‘Aerie Microscope’ wielded by Satan in Paradise Regained.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane Partner
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  1. 1.Trinity Hall and Faculty of EnglishUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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