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date: 16 June 2019

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This article reviews the political subtexts of the British reception of John Milton – especially the reception of Paradise Lost – during the ‘Long Eighteenth Century’, the period from the first publication of the epic in 1667 to the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837, attending to the ways in which Paradise Lost was both ‘classicized’ and ‘anglicized’ at the same time. It shows that as a result of this process of reception, Milton was constructed to appear simultaneously imperial and domestic. The article then illustrates how Paradise Lost was adapted in eighteenth-century English georgics and pastorals, and concentrates especially on Milton's role in eighteenth-century critical discourses on taste and landscape gardening. In eighteenth-century Miltonizing texts and Milton criticism, both versions of Milton's classical precursor, bucolic and imperial Virgil, were indissolubly combined.

Keywords: John Milton, Paradise Lost, Long Eighteenth Century, English georgics, pastorals, taste, landscape gardening

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