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Areopagitica

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369 years ago, Areopagitica was published in 23 November 1644, at the height of the English Civil War. When John Milton wrote in his political tract that “[a] good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life” (Milton 27), he would have never imagined that his words would welcome visitors to the New York Public Library in the 21st century.
Today, John Milton is still remembered not only because “his literary art places him in the small circle of great epic writers” (Abrams 649), the arch important among them being of course his famous Paradise Lost, but also for his entire prose work. In fact, he was a very prolific author who wrote about education, logic, religion, politics, divorce and many other subjects. However, there is something special in Milton´s short tract. First of all, Areopagitica shows very clearly that Milton’s arguments are often contradictory, which makes his ideas even more appealing and provoking. Seco…