Art and Literature

Concerning ethical issues in the work of Milton and Shakespeare:  Milton’s Paradise Lost raises great concerns about the origin of Hell and evil.  It also raises the paradoxical claim that a person can make what he thinks as evil to “be my good.”  Milton’s poem “Comus” is not influenced by Henry More’s poetry (“Immortality of the Soul”) because More’s poem was published twenty-two years after Milton’s, but More’s poem offers a look at 17th century British Platonism and Neoplatonism that were part of the context in which Milton worked.