Writings and Areopagitica

Writings and Areopagitica As poet statesman and pamphleteer John Milton remains one of the singular champions of liberty in the annals of history Even in his mediations on theology Milton strove to demonstrate that liberty

  • Title: Writings and Areopagitica
  • Author: John Milton
  • ISBN: 9780460017954
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Hardcover
  • As poet, statesman, and pamphleteer, John Milton remains one of the singular champions of liberty in the annals of history Even in his mediations on theology Milton strove to demonstrate that liberty of conscience is one of the inviolable rights of free peoples In his theological writings he seeks to unite ancient philosophy and the authority of the Judeo Christian scripAs poet, statesman, and pamphleteer, John Milton remains one of the singular champions of liberty in the annals of history Even in his mediations on theology Milton strove to demonstrate that liberty of conscience is one of the inviolable rights of free peoples In his theological writings he seeks to unite ancient philosophy and the authority of the Judeo Christian scriptures to support the concept of free, republican government During the crises that wracked English life and liberties during the seventeenth century, Milton s was one of the indispensable voices and pens He published several revolutionary manifestos, two works defending regicide, and of course the famous Areopagitica, or defense of freedom of expression and the press against censorship John Alvis has collected into a superb one volume edition all of Milton s political writings of enduring importance These include the entirety of Areopagitica, The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates, A Defence of the People of England, The Second Defence of the People of England, The Readie and Easie Way to Establish a Free Commonwealth, and Mr John Milton s Character of the Long Parliament.John Milton 1608 1674 was the author also of Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained and served as Latin secretary to Oliver Cromwell during the Commonwealth.John Alvis is Professor of English and Director of the American Studies Program at the University of Dallas.

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      John Milton was an English poet, polemicist, man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost 1667 , written in blank verse.Milton s poetry and prose reflect deep personal convictions, a passion for freedom and self determination, and the urgent issues and political turbulence of his day Writing in English, Latin, Greek, and Italian, he achieved international renown within his lifetime, and his celebrated Areopagitica 1644 written in condemnation of pre publication censorship is among history s most influential and impassioned defenses of free speech and freedom of the press.William Hayley s 1796 biography called him the greatest English author, and he remains generally regarded as one of the preeminent writers in the English language, though critical reception has oscillated in the centuries since his death often on account of his republicanism Samuel Johnson praised Paradise Lost as a poem whichwith respect to design may claim the first place, and with respect to performance, the second, among the productions of the human mind, though he a Tory and recipient of royal patronage described Milton s politics as those of an acrimonious and surly republican.Because of his republicanism, Milton has been the subject of centuries of British partisanship.

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