13. June 2017 · Comments Off on Visit to Milton’s Cottage · Categories: Society News

Saturday 17 June at 11:00 am
Milton’s Cottage, 21 Deanway, Chalfont Saint Giles HP8 4JH

Blake’s relationship with Milton went far deeper than most poets’ involvement with their influences. It was an engagement at many levels: the story of a naked William and Catherine reading Paradise Lost in their Lambeth garden; the insight that Milton was “of the Devil’s party without knowing it”; the breathtaking illustrations; and the prophetic book in which Milton, “unhappy tho’ in Heaven”, is sent back to annihilate his selfhood and achieve redemption.

Although both Milton and Blake spent only short periods of their lives away from London, both the cottages they lived in have survived. Both played a role in their occupant’s creative life, as a rural retreat in which major works took shape. Milton completed Paradise Lost at Chalfont, and was inspired to write Paradise Regained there.

The cottage is the only one of Milton’s dozen residences that still stands. It retains the charm of the 17th century home he would have known whilst housing one of the world’s most important collections relating to the writer on open display. The three museum rooms contain rare books, paintings and prints that give a unique insight into Milton’s life, work and influence.

Members of the Society will have a 2-hour private visit to the cottage guided by one of the Milton Cottage Trust’s curators. There will also be an opportunity to visit the ancient parish church and its 14th century wall-paintings.

Please note that this is a members-only event and that numbers are limited. To register interest and receive further details, please e-mail milton@blakesociety.org.

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