ENGL 220 - Lecture 8 - Areopagitica

Lecture 8 - Areopagitica


Milton's political tract Areopagitica is discussed at length. The author's complicated take on state censorship and licensing, both practiced by the English government with respect to printed materials at the time, is examined. His eclectic use of pagan mythology, Christian scripture, and the metaphors of eating and digestion in defense of his position are probed. Lastly, Milton's insistence that moral truths must be examined and tested in order for goodness to be known is explored as an early manifestation of the rhetoric that will be used to depict the Fall in Paradise Lost.


John Milton. Complete Poems and Major Prose. (Hughes):
Areopagitica (1644), pp. 716-49
"On the New Forcers of Conscience" (1646), pp. 144-45

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