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date: 29 March 2020

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This article argues that contrary to the perception that Milton’s influence ended with the Romantic period, he continued to exert a strong influence on Victorian poetry—the Victorians continue to read and admire him, while their poems are filled with allusions to his life and work. Victorian poems appear to engage less with Milton only because his presence is so ubiquitous, so familiar that it goes without saying. Three models of influence are discussed: the Singular Milton (inherited from the Romantics), the Diffuse Milton, and the Invisible Milton. For each model illustrations from the works of Tennyson and Elizabeth Barrett Browning are provided, along with readings of other relevant poets and poems.

Keywords: John Milton, Victorian poetry, poets, poems, Romantic period, Alfred Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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