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John Milton, European: The Rhetoric of Milton's Defences

Joad Raymond

in The Oxford Handbook of Milton

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199697885
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199697885.013.0015

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

John Milton, European: The Rhetoric of Milton's Defences

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This article explores the language, style, and rhetoric of the three tracts – Pro populo Anglicano defensio (1651), Defensio secunda (1654), and Pro se defensio – and considers their decorums and indecorousness. It also suggests what these qualities reveal about the intentions behind these diversely flavoured works. Defensio both repudiates the accusations of Salmasius and celebrates the achievements of the English people in overthrowing tyranny and choosing liberty. Defensio secunda is a work that shirks the rigours of argument and instead offers an artful series of digressions. The rhetoric of the defences was responsive, adapting to the texts to which John Milton answered, through animadversion that was increasingly indirect in nature.

Keywords: John Milton; Pro populo Anglicano; Defensio secunda; Pro se defensio; rhetoric; defences

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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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