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Annabel Patterson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199573462

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573462.001.0001

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Words of Avoidance: the Divorce Pamphlets

Words of Avoidance: the Divorce Pamphlets

(p.32) Words of Avoidance: the Divorce Pamphlets
Milton's Words

Annabel Annabel

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines John Milton's first forays into polemic writing and his pamphlets advocating a radical change in the divorce laws. Of all his early works, the Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce was the most shocking and the most inventive in its vocabulary because he was deeply involved in the issue. This chapter also attempts to explain how Milton arrived at the blissful arrangement of words to describe the world's first marriage.

Keywords:   John Milton, polemic writing, Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce, divorce law, word arrangement, vocabulary

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