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Rude Words

Annabel Annabel

in Milton's Words

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199573462
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702112 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573462.003.0007
Rude Words

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This chapter examines John Milton's use of rude words in his polemic prose. Though there is a general admiration for Milton's brilliant way with words, some of his most forceful language is unpleasant, if not revolting. This chapter suggests that this style was influenced in part by the apprenticeship that he served by becoming a polemicist. The most obscene of the pamphlets are Of Reformation, Animadversions, and Colasterion, though he also used some rude remarks in Defenses.

Keywords: John Milton; rude words; polemic prose; polemicist; Of Reformation; Animadversions; Colasterion; Defenses

Chapter.  5200 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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