Discuss the form and style of Areopagitica.

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Areopagitica is generally thought to be one of the most eloquent defenses of free speech in the English language. It came in the midst of the English Civil War when the Roundhead Parliament passed a law stipulating that, from now on, writers needed to have a government license before their works could be published. Milton was a staunch supporter of the Parliamentary cause during the Civil War, but he believed that government censorship of any kind was profoundly wrong on principle, irrespective of which government proposed it.

As someone steeped in classical learning Milton uses numerous allusions from antiquity in support of his argument. Indeed, the very title of the work is a reference to a speech made by Isocrates, a famed Athenian orator of the 4th century BC. He doesn't do this to show off his immense erudition, but rather to root his argument in long-standing tradition, the wisdom of the ancients that was widely admired by educated men...

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