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The Essay

John Milton, the Essayist Episode 4

Tom Paulin responds to Milton's Second Defence of the English People.

Tom Paulin responds to Milton's Second Defence, revealing Milton's republican thinking, and how Paradise Lost is a republican and a religious poem.

Poet Tom Paulin responds to Milton's Second Defence of the English People - a response to a royalist treatise - revealing how profound was Milton's republican thinking, and how Paradise Lost is a republican as well as religious poem.

The Essay

John Milton, the Essayist Episode 1

Poet and teacher Martin Crucefix responds to Milton's treatise Of Education.

Poet and teacher Martin Crucefix responds to Milton's treatise Of Education, which argues the fundamental value of learning and for a highly ambitious curriculum.

Martyn Crucefix, a poet who also teaches in a secondary school, responds to Milton's treatise Of Education. It was written in 1644, when he was engaged in an urgent debate about how the Church should be organised and how the State should be governed. Crucefix finds that, just as more recent governments have declared, Milton believed 'education, education, education' needed to lie at the heart of this project.

The Essay

John Milton, the Essayist Episode 2

Sharon Achinstein responds to Milton's controversial tracts on divorce.

Sharon Achinstein, who is editing Milton's tracts on divorce, scrutinises his controversial and surprisingly modern views on the subject.

Sharon Achinstein, who is editing Milton's tracts on divorce, unravels his controversial and surprisingly modern views on the subject. In 1644, he was calling for no-fault divorce on grounds of mutual incompatibility - which the law finally allowed in 1977.

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John Milton, the Essayist Episode 5

Annabel Patterson considers the influence of Milton's writings on America.

Annabel Patterson considers the impact of Milton on figures such as US presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, and the influence he still has in America today.

Annabel Patterson, a professor of English at Yale University, considers the impact the poet and pamphleteer had on figures such as American presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, and the influence he still exercises in America today.

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John Milton, the Essayist Episode 3

Andreas Whittam Smith responds to Milton's Areopagitica, a defence of a free press.

Former editor of The Independent Andreas Whittam Smith responds to Milton's Areopagitica, a defence of the right to a free press and free thought.

Former editor of The Independent and president of the British Board of Film Classification Andreas Whittam Smith responds to Milton's Areopagitica, a defence of the right to a free press and free thought.

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