Education: the ‘Vacation Exercise’ and Early Latin Poetry
‘Far from all disgrace …, I studied for seven years in the usual disciplines and arts, up to what is called the degree of Master, awarded with honours [cum laude], in fact’. So declared John Milton of the success of his education in the University of Cambridge, writing in the Second Defence of 1654, when he was well into middle age (Y iv 613). Not for the first time had he been the subject of detraction. He was particularly sore about a rumour that he had been sent down for disciplinary reasons as an undergraduate.
KeywordsLiterary Life Latin Poetry Religious Atmosphere Young Goat Disciplinary Reason
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