• Charles R. Geisst


The political thought of John Milton has never been considered as a systematic whole, originating in the state of nature and culminating in the free commonwealth. It has rather been analyzed through historical and literary techniques which by their very nature and method have failed to grasp the seminal ideas upon which Milton built his philosophic system. The approach used in this essay does not deny that Milton’s poetry contains all of these ideas in some form or other, but seeks to accumulate this material a posteriori rather than rely upon the traditional methods of reading his prose as peripheral to his poetry or superimposing an historical occasion upon his thought in an attempt at elucidation. Even if Milton once stated that he wrote poetry with his right hand and prose with his left, it will not be considered specious here to view Milton as having been left-handed.


Political Context Literary Technique Political Thought Ethical Orientation Historical Method 
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