This chapter examines John Milton's Areopagitica, published in 1644, which reflects the complexity that a brilliant talent brings to a subject with which he has both a political engagement and a personal stake. Milton's reputation as an advocate of freedom of speech is balanced against his record as a zealous pamphleteer in The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates. Ultimately, Areopagitica remains known for Milton's call, “Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.” That eloquence must be heard as the voice of Milton's better angel.
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