Why does he invoke Milton's name in "London, 1802"?

epollock | Student

This is one of Wordsworth’s political sonnets. Although he does not refer specifically to any corrupt politicians, his references make clear that politicians and the English public alike are subject to his anger and to his assertions that there is a need to discover new and thoughtful leadership. At the time Wordsworth wrote this poem, Milton had been established as one of the great English voices. His most famous poem, "Paradise Lost", had been acclaimed as the most outstanding of English epics. Wordsworth’s apostrophe to Milton therefore has the effect of appealing to one of the greatest figures in the English tradition. It is likely that Wordsworth is thinking as much of Milton’s connection with the causes of freedom developed during the revolution and interregnum (1642–1660) as of Paradise Lost.