Editor says, what if the restoration had finished John Milton before his epic poem "Paradise Lost" was even conceived? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Beasts thread.
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Editor says, in reality Milton went into hiding for his life, while a warrant was issued for his arrest and his writings burnt. He re-emerged after a general pardon was issued, but was nevertheless arrested and briefly imprisoned before influential friends, such as Marvell, now an MP, intervened. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.