Annabel Annabel

in Milton's Words

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199573462
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702112 | DOI:

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This chapter examines John Milton's use of the word perhaps in his works. Though Milton was not often tentative, he used perhaps several times in many of his works including Areopagitica, Tenure of Kings and Magistrates, and Of Reformation. This chapter suggests that the pattern of Milton's use of perhaps is too strong to see as casual, especially when perhaps is nowhere used in a neutral or casual way in his church reform pamphlets.

Keywords: John Milton; word usage; perhaps; Areopagitica; Tenure of Kings and Magistrates; Of Reformation

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Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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