“There is a lot of presence in the Milton House. Between five and seven (spirits). Most of them are male.”
“The characteristic of Chaucer is intensity: of Spencer, remoteness: of Milton elevation and of Shakespeare everything.”
“Here is the difference between Dante, Milton, and me. They wrote about hell and never saw the place. I wrote about Chicago after looking the town over for years and years.”
“After the erection of the Chinese Wall of Milton, blank verse has suffered not only arrest but retrogression.”
“The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he wrote of Angels and God, and at liberty when of Devils and Hell, is because he was a true poet, and of the Devil's party without knowing it.”
“There are things emotionally that Milton has to get a real firm grasp on.”
“When a damp/ Fell round the path of Milton, in his hand/ The thing became a trumpet; whence he blew/ Soul-animating strains - alas, too few!”
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