Areopagitica and Other Prose Works Background

Areopagitica and Other Prose Works Background

Areopagitica is a riveting prose work written by John Milton. It is considered one of the most persuasive protests against prior censorship written to date. Reason being this work has endured beyond the circumstances of its publication. Milton addressed the religious politics saturating the seventeenth century England.

Specifically, Milton wrote Areopagitica (1644) as a plea for the repeal of a censorship law called the Licensing Order passed on June 14, 1643 by the English Parliament. The Licensing Order required all books endure an approval process by an official censor before publication. Unfortunately, this prose was not eloquent enough for the tastes of the English Parliament, at least not right away. The Licensing Order stayed intact until the nineteenth century. On the other hand, the elements of Milton's work are still useful for crafting convincing words today.

Other prose works of his include "Of Education," "Meditation Upon Divine Justice and The Death of King Charles the First," "The Doctrine and Disciple of Divorce," and "Autobiographical Extracts."

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