[Milton-L] Areopagitica in the NYPL

FLANNAGAN, ROY ROY at uscb.edu
Wed Feb 11 08:06:48 EST 2009

This thread may be continuing into boredom, but I get an image of the congealed blood of a holy blissful martyr (as in Chaucer) coming back to life yearly--even though I know this is not a Protestant image at all.
Roy Flannagan


From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu on behalf of Horace Jeffery Hodges
Sent: Mon 2/9/2009 4:07 PM
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Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Areopagitica in the NYPL

Now that I'm focused on this quote from Areopagitica, it strikes me as rather odd:

	"A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life."

Can blood be embalmed? It's usually removed in the embalming process, isn't it? What would 'embalmed blood' be? Chemically preserved?
At any rate, an embalming process wouldn't provide the blood "a life beyond life," would it? Does this metaphor make any sense?
Jeffery Hodges

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