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Milton's StyleWhat is Milton's style and its features??   I know that Milton's style...

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guriya87 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 20, 2009 at 11:08 PM via web

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Milton's Style

What is Milton's style and its features??


I know that Milton's style is also known as miltonic..

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kc4u | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted July 3, 2009 at 10:22 PM (Answer #2)

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Milton's style is superbly grand, elevated and eloquent. While discussing Milton's style, focus on these aspects:

1. His use of the blank-verse & blank -verse paragraphs;

2. His use of long periodic sentences;

3. His vocabulary: Latinised words & phrases, sonorous place-names & proper names;

4. His use of epic similes;

5. His narrative artistry;

6. His digressions meant for narrative padding.

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted October 22, 2009 at 11:12 AM (Answer #3)

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A primary feature of John Milton's style in Paradise Lost in particular is his use of enjambment: verses (lines) that have no end punctuation but are rolled over to the next verse that will contain punctuation, "Yet chains in Hell, not realms, expect: Mean while /  From me returned,..." Due to enjambment, Milton's punctuation may fall within the verse or at the end, "Thyself not free, but to thyself enthralled; /." Another interesting feature of Milton's punctuation is the frequency with which he uses the colon (:). Colons in poetry are not unknown, Goethe uses a well-placed colon here and there, but Milton gives the colon a place of punctuational honor that is uncommon.

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