We know how Galileo went blind and was imprisoned for publishing his heretical science. What is little known is the meeting he had with John Milton which resulted in a similar fate for the bright young poet. Espousing revolutionary change arguably as a result of meeting Galileo, he fell from a high place to the hell of Death Row and blindness before he could publish his masterpiece Paradise Lost.
Wednesday, 30 August 2017
In Search of Paradise Lost
Good to hear my inciting incident is getting media exposure. Listen to this BBC Radio 4 program
'Joe travels to Florence where Milton met Galileo, by then blind and under house arrest, who became Milton's exemplar for speaking truth to power, and was the only contemporary to be named in Paradise Lost - perhaps because Milton realised how closely he came to resemble the astronomer in old age'