Milton lacks the qualities now considered essential in a poet: concision, humour, or romance . . . Readers can handle the poignancy of On His Blindness and snatch pleasure from the great quotes. But the imagery and subject matter of the epics are rooted in a theology and mythology that today are gone.He comments further "We prefer to like our poets, and Milton was a bore and a prig." Our non-boring and non-priggish hero at least recommends Milton's prose. I wonder whom he considers to have been a "likable" poet. Ezra Pound?