John Milton is bae 📖 Thanks for the LR @Dashelamet!
  1. John Milton popularized the selfie. No, not that kind but very similar.
    Milton saw Botticelli's Adoration of the Magi. The three wise men are portrayed as the Medicis who commission the artwork. Botticelli also paints himself observing the viewer, judging the scene. This self-awareness and temporality became Milton's voice throughout his works. The Greek epigram reads, "Viewing the original, you might say that this picture was done by an inept hand. Friends, since you cannot recognize the man depicted, laugh at the wretched picture of a wretched artist." Oh Milton!
  2. John Milton is divinely inspired and divinely uninspired.
    As a writer, Milton is in a liminal state between who to thank and who to blame for his strokes and breaks of genius. When he reaches epiphany like in Il Penseroso, he knows divine trust must be met. On the contrary, if one reads Lycidas, the whereabouts of the heavenly muse are being questioned. It's no wonder he relates to Orpheus who remains chaste after losing his wife to the underworld. For Milton, be it on his own accord or from God, he rebels because he cares to know the matter of things.
  3. John Milton isn't a fan of censorship.
    Freedom of speech is a great thing for more convincing reasons than one. The idea of banning a book meant the killing of books, authors, ideas. More pressing yet, censorship killed the potential for discernment. The ability of knowing good by evil, to quote the text, is taken away. He called it a tyranny over learning, questioning the censors and how they were chosen to be suppressors of knowledge. If you accept one thing, you become a victim of your own heresy. Books are people too so read 'em!