Polite Wisdom: Heathen Rhetoric in Milton's Areopagitica

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 113 pages
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Through an analysis of censorship in the Areopagitica, Paul M. Dowling challenges prevailing views of Milton as a Puritan and grapples with a perennial political issue. He argues that the poet's discussion of censorship takes place on two levels.
  

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Contents

Shrewd Frontispieces To the Parliament of England
1
Use or Abuse of History
19
The Christian Authorities
29
The Insufficiency of Licensing
45
The Harm of Licensing
65
Digression on the Nation
81
The Peroration What Is Appropriate for Each
93
Conclusion Polite Wisdom
105
Events in the Life of John Milton
109
Index
111
About the Author
113
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\Paul M. Dowling is professor of English at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.

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