[Milton-L] Censorship again

Savoie, John jsavoie at siue.edu
Wed Aug 8 07:08:22 EDT 2018


Of late I too have grown fond of linebreaking prose;

Milton's prose especially rewards the segmentation.

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From: milton-l-bounces at richmond.edu <milton-l-bounces at richmond.edu> on behalf of Horace Jeffery Hodges <horacejeffery at gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 1:48:27 AM
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Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Censorship again

Here are the words of note by Grace Shulman in her comment
on the Nation’s apology for publishing a poem many found offensive:

Correction: August 5, 2018

An earlier version of this article misattributed a quotation;
it was Thomas Jefferson, not John Milton,
who said that “error of opinion may be tolerated
where reason is left free to combat it.”

But one can see how Jefferson's view derives from Milton's view in Areopagitica:

And though all the windes of doctrin were let loose
to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field,
we do injuriously, by licencing and prohibiting
to misdoubt her strength.
Let her and Falshood grapple;
who ever knew Truth put to the wors,
in a free and open encounter.
Her confuting is the best and surest suppressing.

Jefferson knew his sources well, no doubt (and I borrowed my Milton sources from the Dartmouth site).

Jeffery Hodges

On Tue, Aug 7, 2018 at 6:48 PM, Nancy Charlton <charltonwordorder1 at gmail.com<mailto:charltonwordorder1 at gmail.com>> wrote:


On Tue, Aug 7, 2018 at 5:51 PM Horace Jeffery Hodges <horacejeffery at gmail.com<mailto:horacejeffery at gmail.com>> wrote:
Did you mean to leave a link?

Jeffery Hodges

Yes. Haste makes waste. Here it is:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/06/opinion/nation-poem-anders-carlson-wee.html


On Tue, Aug 7, 2018 at 2:14 PM, Nancy Charlton <charltonwordorder1 at gmail.com<mailto:charltonwordorder1 at gmail.com>> wrote:
This is Grace Shulman’s comment on the Nation’s apology for publishing a poem many found offensive. At the end is a correction of attributing a quotation to John Milton a statement actually from Thomas Jefferson.

Chain reaction of Trump l’oeil?

Nancy Charlton

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