Words of Avoidance: the Divorce Pamphlets

Annabel Annabel

in Milton's Words

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199573462
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702112 | DOI:
Words of Avoidance: the Divorce Pamphlets

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This chapter examines John Milton's first forays into polemic writing and his pamphlets advocating a radical change in the divorce laws. Of all his early works, the Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce was the most shocking and the most inventive in its vocabulary because he was deeply involved in the issue. This chapter also attempts to explain how Milton arrived at the blissful arrangement of words to describe the world's first marriage.

Keywords: John Milton; polemic writing; Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce; divorce law; word arrangement; vocabulary

Chapter.  6170 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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