EST. 1903 - Presenting global influential leaders from business, labour, education & government through events
Robinson, George Hunter
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Reference to the project of a national theatre to Shakespeare in London, which within the past few weeks has taken definite shape. Ways in which Shakespeare still lives, in contrast to Milton who lives, and will continue to live, almost wholly in the printed page, and in the minds of men. Comments on Milton's dramatic writings. The memory of the great Puritan poet, at least in some quarters, fresh and green after the lapse of 300 years. Recalling the main incidents of the poet's life and times, beginning with John Milton's birth December 9, 1608. Milton's life, falling into three well-defined stages: from 1608-1638, the young man; the Controversial Period, which lasted form his return to England in 1639 until the Restoration of Charles II in 1660; the Calm Period preceding his death, from 1660 until his death in 1674.The Tercentenary Celebrations commemorative of the man and his literary works. The debt owed to Milton, and honours made to him in the London celebration. The Milton Tercentenary, appropriately celebrated in many other places in the British Isles, and other overseas British possessions. The lack of public notice in Canada. A correlation between what the speaker has been stating in the way of narrative and opinion to the avowed aims and objects of the Empire Club. What Milton has to do with our special objects. First, our English literature. Also, Milton's pre-eminent claim upon our admiration as one of the greatest builders and preservatives of our Empire. Milton as pure patriot. Tracing the steps of Milton's progress as he learned his lesson as to what liberty is; how it is to be maintained and defended. Milton's passionate, unquenchable love of freedom and liberty for all mankind. The tonic that the study and contemplation of Milton supplies to individuals and communities. Some words from the poet. Milton as a perfect antidote against that subtle corrupting influence in men and nations which the most eloquent writer of the nineteenth century chose to call "the contagion of the Anglo-Saxon race." Relating this thought to Canada, and to the United States. Words from Matthew Arnold in his observations on Milton, in whom he found a saving influence. Milton as our supreme master of the great style, with themes of supreme importance which come home to the hearts and business of all mankind. Lastly, Milton not only as a great poet, great prose writer, great controversialist, great patriot, great scholar, but as a good man. In his own words, "Ever in the great Task-Master's eye." Our duty not only to continue to read John Milton ourselves, but to encourage and persuade all others who would prove themselves good citizens, not merely of Canada and the Empire, but of the whole world, to make him a constant companion.