Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


 (mĭl′tən), John 1608-1674.
English poet and scholar who is best known for the epic poem Paradise Lost (1667), an account of humanity's fall from grace.

Mil·ton′ic (-tŏn′ĭk) adj.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(mɪlˈtɒnɪk) or


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) characteristic of or resembling Milton's literary style, esp in being sublime and majestic
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
References in classic literature ?
Among them towers the Poet Laureate, to whom perhaps Higgins may owe his Miltonic sympathies, though here again I must disclaim all portraiture.
Then at the end of the programme came her class poem, Makers of To- morrow; and there, as on many a former occasion, her personality played so great a part that she seemed to be uttering Miltonic sentiments instead of school-girl verse.
He had been disintegrated into a number of varied fellow-creatures--beings of many minds, beings infinite in difference; some happy, many serene, a few depressed, one here and there bright even to genius, some stupid, others wanton, others austere; some mutely Miltonic, some potentially Cromwellian; into men who had private views of each other, as he had of his friends; who could applaud or condemn each other, amuse or sadden themselves by the contemplation of each other's foibles or vices; men every one of whom walked in his own individual way the road to dusty death.
Margaret Hannay has shown how this novel echoes Miltonic details Lewis admires and corrects those he believed were poetic or theological missteps.
Teskey's prose sweeps through the vast Miltonic landscape but frequently pauses to observe a flower of prosody or a concealed religious or theological allusion.
(He might have had a more enjoyable sojourn with bonobos, our other close relatives, who, as he acknowledges, are more cheerfully promiscuous and a lot less violent than chimps.) Greenblatt and his companions look on as a male named Lanjo cavorts with a female called Leonora, who is technically the property of the alpha-male Eslom, and he winds up investing them with a kind of grand Edenic, if not Miltonic, significance:
The impact of either work--a Miltonic simile or Anderson's book--inheres in content to be sure, but as Anderson shows her readers, impact is a product of form too, and scholars of early modern literature, history, religion or science will value the impact of the thoughtful, indeed formal, complexity of Light and Death.
This paper, through an analysis of some of his major works, seeks to situate Milton's convictions as a Puritan, which is distinctly Miltonic in essence, as well as explores his impassioned voice in support of reason and human liberty.
One Hawthorne work acutely allegorizes influence along these lines, his 1844 tale "Rappaccini's Daughter." (7) If we think of Milton as a central influence for Hawthorne, and for other antebellum authors as well (Melville especially), we can consider Hawthorne's reworking of the Puritan poet as exemplary of his intertextual practice (though hardly exhaustive of it); and, with "Rappaccini's Daughter" in mind as well as other works in which Hawthorne's emphasis on Miltonic themes and imagery is particularly acute, we can further consider the implications of influence for questions of race, gender, and sexuality as well as literary art.
A critic borrowed this phrase, Miltonic, to lampoon the
One could say that the sonnets sent to the South African review were Miltonic for Anon, both by virtue of the form adhered to (Italian sonnet: an octave followed by a sestet), and the reference to current political events.