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Department
English
Course
ENG303H1
Professor
S.Gregoire
Semester
Winter

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 Temptation scene in masque – like allegory in Spenser, test of temperance  Lady bound in chair  Shouldn’t hoard but share treasure  Carpe diem – classic trope of seizing the day [problematic masculine way of desiring woman before grow old]  Recognizing role as sexual  Image of chaste female, classic trope of locked body closed mouth  Brothers fail to take wand from him and he escapes – temptation implied to always be out there  Can’t undo spell  Last thing lady says is to threat sacred vehemence (not actual, but threat)  Lady as early precursor to Eve  Milton not a simple misogynist  Domestic and personal liberty  Freedom of speech, religion, marriage  Areopagitica  Licensing and freedom of the press  Styling self into modern Socrates  If ye be thus resolv'd, as it were injury to think ye were not; I know not what should withhold me from presenting ye with fit instance wherein to shewboth that love of truth which ye eminently professe, and that uprightnesse of your judgement which is not wont to be partiall to your selves; by judging over again that Order which ye have ordain'd to regulate Printing, That no Book, pamphlet, or paper shall be henceforth Printed, unlesse the same be first approv'd andlicenc't by such, or at least one of such as shall be thereto appointed.  After elaborate setup, get to point  For that part which preserves justly every mans Copy to himselfe, or provides for the poor, I touch not, only wish they be not made pretenses to abuse and persecute honest and painfull Men, who offend not in either of these particulars. But that other clause of Licencing Books, which we thought had dy'd with his brother quadragesimal and matrimonial when the Prelats expir'd, I shall now attend with such a Homily, as shall lay before ye, first the inventors of it to bee those whom ye will be loath to own; next what is to be thought in generall of reading, what ever sort the Books be; and that this Order avails nothing to the suppressing of scandalous, seditious, and libellous Books, which were mainly intended to be supprest. Last, that it will be primely to the discouragement of all learning, and the stop of Truth, not only by disexercising and blunting our abilities in what we know already, but by hindring and cropping the discovery that might bee yet further made both in religious and civillWisdome.  Classic setup of outlining what he will talk about… history of licensing, usage…  English people just rousing out of childish, tyrannical rule  Personifies books as living figures o I deny not, but that it is of greatest concernment in the Church and Commonwealth, to have a vigilant eye how Bookes demeane themselves as well as men; and thereafter to confine, imprison, and do sharpest justice on them as malefactors: For Books are not absolutely dead things, but doe contain apotencie of life in them to be as active as that soule was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a violl the purest efficacie and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as lively, and as vigorously productive, as those fabulous Dragons teeth; and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men. And yet on the other hand, unlesse warinesse be us'd, as good almost kill a Man as kill a good Book; who kills a Man kills a reasonable creature, Gods Image; but hee who destroyes a good Booke, kills reason it selfe, kills the Image of God, as it were in the eye. Many a man lives a burden to the Earth; but a good Booke is the pretious life-blood of a master spirit, imbalm'd and treasur'd up on purpose to a life beyond life.  Famous paragraph, striking image  Acknowledge that books can be problems, but still essence of writer, need to pay attention  Killing idea that could live on, something most essential to man…  Book as distillation of God’s image, since man is in his image  Beloved passage because idealizes value of books, virtue of reading  But start to sound like Catholic idolatry/fetishsm of book as object  Substituting inward faith for external object – what Milton hates but strange for him to fetishize book as reason  Turning to books and use of reading in second section  Dionysius Alexandrinus was about the year 240, a person of great name in the Church for piety and learning, who had wont to avail himself much against hereticks by being conversant in their Books; untill a certain Presbyter laid it scrupulously to his conscience, how he durst venture himselfe among those defiling volumes. The worthy man loath to give offence fell into a new debate with himselfe what was to be thought; when suddenly a vision sent from God, it is his own Epistle that so averrs it, confirm'd him in these words: Read any books what ever come to thy hands, for thou art sufficient both to judge aright, and to examine each matter.  To the pure, all things are pure, not only meats and drinks, but all kinde of knowledge whether of good or evill; the knowledge cannot defile, nor consequently the books, if the will and conscience be not defil'd.  For books are as meats and viands are; some of good, some of evill substance; and yet God in that unapocryphall vision, said without exception, Rise Peter, kill and eat, leaving the choice to each mans discretion. Wholesome meats to a vitiated stomack differ little or nothing from unwholesome; and best books to a naughty mind are not unappliable to occasions ofevill. Bad meats will scarce breed good nourishment in the healthiest concoction; but herein the difference is of bad books, that they to a discreet and judicious Reader serve in many respects to discover, to confute, to forewarn, and to illustrate.  Good/bad meat doesn’t matter for spoiled stomach  Best books to bad mind  Good meat/good books, bad meat has difference with bad books (can be useful, function)  Suggesting books don’t really have effect, not necessarily threat  Not save or corrupt  Interested in what books can help us to learn to do for self vs books good or bad  Good and evill we k
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