How Did John Milton Order His Day?

In my research on the life of John Milton for an upcoming Poetry Reader for Cottage Press, I came across  a nifty chart online detailing his habits, along with those of a few other artistic, musical, and literary luminaries. In a recent lecture at Providence Prep, Dr. Grant had mentioned Milton’s daily habits, which included early rising, bible reading, work, early afternoon exercise, then long hours of hospitality and discussion.

John Milton’s habits were the habits of scholé!

Charles Dickens had somewhat similar habits. The quotes at the bottom of the chart include this line from his semi-autobiographical David Copperfield:

I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.

Excuse me while I go write out a new daily schedule for myself. Meanwhile, go peruse The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People for your own inspiration!

Milton Dictates the Lost Paradise to His Three Daughters by Soma Orlai Petrich, 1862

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