"Wisdom, Which Alone Is Truly Fair": Education and Government in Milton's Prose Tracts and Paradise Lost

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dc.contributor.advisor Donnelly, Phillip J. Smith, Erika
dc.contributor.other Baylor University. en_US 2012
dc.description.abstract While the character of Milton’s republicanism has been the subject of long debate, this study focuses on Milton’s privileging of wisdom as the characteristic which makes rulers fittest to govern and subjects most deserving of liberty. In The Readie and Easie Way, Milton draws on distinctions between tutelage, which is designed for overseeing young children, and teaching, which is designed to prepare youths for adulthood, to describe the importance of education in the nation under monarchies and republican commonwealths respectively. Through the lens of this same focus on maturation and wisdom, Of Education and Areopagitica demonstrate Milton’s sustained interest in cultivating wisdom in the people by teaching decorum through poetry and temperance through the government’s restraint from instituting pre-publication censorship. Finally, Milton’s Paradise Lost explores the importance of wisdom in Adam and Eve’s relationship and by extension educates the reader in cultivating temperance through reading and through activity at home and in politics. en_US
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dc.subject John Milton. en_US
dc.subject Paradise Lost. en_US
dc.subject Seventeenth-century poetry. en_US
dc.subject Government. en_US
dc.subject Education. en_US
dc.title "Wisdom, Which Alone Is Truly Fair": Education and Government in Milton's Prose Tracts and Paradise Lost en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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dc.contributor.department University Scholars - Honors Program en_US
dc.contributor.schools honors college en_US

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