What is areopagitica?Milton's prose work

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The "Areopagitica" was Milton's response to government's plans to enact censorship laws on writers. He did not want the government to be given control of publishing because he felt, and rightly so, that this could lead to the suppression of thoughts and ideas. He preferred that accountability for writing should be controlled by other means, at the editorial level within the publishing cycle, for instance, instead of at the governmental level.

Milton felt that freedom of expression was an integral aspect of education and learning, of the development of humankind. He writes:

Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making.

He also believed that taking control of thought away from thinkers, researchers, teachers and the like would render that thought useless to the world, stating:

And how can a man teach with authority, which is the life of teaching, how can he be a doctor in his book as he ought to be, or else had better be silent, whenas all he teaches, all he delivers, is but under the tuition, under the correction of his patriarchal licenser, to blot or alter what precisely accords not with the hidebound humour which he calls his judgment?

Lastly, he thought that the censoring of writing was just the first step on a slippery slope that would lead to the censoring of all artisitc expression:

If we think to regulate printing, thereby to rectify manners, we must regulate all recreations and pastimes, all that is delightful to man. No music must be heard, no song be set or sung, but what is grave and Doric. There must be licensing of dancers, that no gesture, motion, or deportment be taught our youth, but what by their allowance shall be thought honest

Knowing what we now know of the long legal history of battles against artistic censorship, one cannot help but see that Milton's fears were quite accurate!

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Areopagitica is a superior pamphlet according to the prose. It was written on the freedom of Paris. It shows the impact of patriotism and political freedom and it is a reflection of such period when the world would be completely independent. A colour of his poetry is found In Milton’s prose, but he neither considers himself as prosaists and nor he pays attention about it. His words are the longest and some time seems to be indistinct. Happiness and furious both seem overweigh everywhere. It is the some places, we find a piece of  noble words of his poetry .At any place; a concept of such a world where the similar people  like him, could settle there, his thoughts just leads of him. In this period, as it is realized, he kept on pondering about his long topic and its arrangements .it is also expected that he wrote its few parts in the past periods. if he appeared in this period , he wrote just sonnet , there are eighteen in quantity  and all these have been written in different periods; out of them,  twelve consist of the  highest quality and these were best examples of pecies; a few belongs to personal circumstance, a little about to his friends and some relates with  the events. “Cromwell” and “Fairfax” are best sonnets; in which, the admiration of politician, are the best examples. After the death of his second wife, he went blind. Milton’s best sonnet is “piedmont” that has been written over the Riot; both present Architectonics. It may guess that how his artistry has reached on which’s standard of the pecies. The structure of his sonnets, are the obvious Italian and because of its impact, Wordsworth has made the pecies as the topmost in 19th century.

 

Conclusion

 

In the 1660, after restoration of king-domination; Charles as second ruled over. Milton had been saved from the execution, but he suffered and spent the rest life to be a troglodyt.

 

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Areopagitica is a superior pamphlet according to the prose. It was written on the freedom of Paris. It shows the impact of patriotism and political freedom and it is a reflection of such period when the world would be completely independent. A colour of his poetry is found In Milton’s prose, but he neither considers himself as prosaists and nor he pays attention about it. His words are the longest and some time seems to be indistinct. Happiness and furious both seem overweigh everywhere. It is the some places, we find the noble words of his poetry .At any place; a concept of such a world where the same men like him, could settle there, his thoughts just leads of him. In this period, as it is realized, he kept on pondering about his long topic and its arrangements .it is also expected that he wrote its few parts in the past periods. if he appeared in this period , he wrote just sonnet , there are eighteen in quantity  and all these have been written in different periods; out of them,  twelve consist of the  highest quality and these best examples of pecies; a few belongs to personal circumstance, a little about to his friends and some relates with  the events. “Cromwell” and “Fairfax” are best sonnets; in which, the admiration of political leaders are the best examples. After the death of his second wife, he went blind. Milton’s best sonnet is “piedmont” that has been written over the Riot; both present Architectonics. It may guess that how his artistry has reached on which’s standard of the pecies. The structure of his sonnets, are the obvious Italian and because of its impact, Wordsworth has made the pecies as the topmost in 19th century.

 

Conclusion

 

In the 1660, domination comes back and Charles as second ruled over. Milton had been saved from the execution, but he suffered and spent the rest life to be a troglodyt.

 

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