Bach and Milton have much in common. A survey would reveal that the years of Bach's life (1685-1750) and Milton's (1608-1674) make the two men, if not contemporaries, at least fellow partakers of the Baroque period. Both artists professed themselves to be Christian. Both were Protestant. Both died blind, though Milton's blindness seemed compatible with his vocation, while with Bach, it was an impairment and affliction. Other biographical similarities could be cited. The similarities between the two of most importance, however, are those found in their works of art. Both music and poetry find their physiology in the empirically audible and temporal spheres of reality, and Bach's and Milton's art demonstrate similar means in which this physiology is manifested and made maximal.
© 1991 by the Board of Student Publications, University of Northern Iowa
"The Physiology of Art in Bach and Milton,"
Draftings In: Vol. 6
, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/draftings/vol6/iss1/6