Again, I bear Milton and Shakespeare no disrespect. Frankly, I know neither of them so well as to contest their acclaim, and what I do know has lead me to reverence those names as well. Further, Milton and Shakespeare stand as examples of what a balanced education can produce. They didn't simply seek to recreate the past, but to reinvent it. What brings to mind the danger I referenced is the similarity between Milton and Christ's imagery:
What needs my Shakespeare for his honored bones to labor of an age in piled stones... thou our fancy of itself bereaving, dost make us marble with too much conceiving, and so sepulchered in such pomp dost lie that kings for such a tomb would wish to die (On Shakespeare).