[Milton-L] Areopagitica in the NYPL
jamesrovira at gmail.com
Tue Feb 10 10:38:09 EST 2009
To me, throughout much of the A. and in the passage quoted Milton
works the following string of associations:
human rational capacity
The human rational capacity is embodied in words and subdivided into:
-dynamic, that of living human beings
-static, in fixed form, as in books. As a result, books are "embalmed."
so as Nancy said, we'd come full circle like this:
human rational capacity=
So what you do to a book you do to a person, as books are a form of
what people are, an embodiment of the human rational capacity. It's
just a static embodiment rather than a dynamic one.
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