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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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Rude Words

Rude Words

(p.146) Rude Words
Milton's Words

Annabel Annabel

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines John Milton's use of rude words in his polemic prose. Though there is a general admiration for Milton's brilliant way with words, some of his most forceful language is unpleasant, if not revolting. This chapter suggests that this style was influenced in part by the apprenticeship that he served by becoming a polemicist. The most obscene of the pamphlets are Of Reformation, Animadversions, and Colasterion, though he also used some rude remarks in Defenses.

Keywords:   John Milton, rude words, polemic prose, polemicist, Of Reformation, Animadversions, Colasterion, Defenses

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