chapter  V
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T h a t the influence of Milton, in the romantic revival of the eighteenth century, should have been hardly second in importance to Spenser’s is a confirmation of our remark that Augustan literature was “ classical ” in a way of its own. It is another example of that curiously topsy-turvy condition of things in which rhyme was a mark of the classic, and blank verse of the romantic. For Milton is the most truly classical of English poets; and yet, from the angle of observation at which the eighteenth century viewed him, he appeared a romantic. I t was upon his romantic side, at all events, that the new school of poets apprehended and appropriated him.