What is Milton's style and its features?

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This is a huge question so I will focus on some of the important characteristics of Milton's style. First, yes, it is an epic poem, and Milton follows the traditional epic form, giving the reader war and love, the supernatural, the descent into hell, a catalogue of warriors. Yet that tells us little about its style. Milton's style  is dense, Baroque, packed with similes and metaphors, complex sentences, and overflowing with rich descriptions and images. It is the opposite of stark. It is the opposite of modest. Instead, Milton struts his stuff, including his skill with language, his unabashed exuberance...

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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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