Milton

09 February 2018

Areopagitica cover page - yellow old paper and seventeenth century printing style

 

One of them knocked on my door to invite me out. I think their lists are not good. Mrs Coyle says he was a young man and well-favoured, but not very bright.

“Come out! Come out! The King is here!” the young man said. Mrs Coyle told him I was blind and infirm and could not come out.

“Let him watch from the window, then,” cried the young man in an excess of enthusiasm for his cause. [… more]

 

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I wrote this piece for the International Literature Showcase and then forgot about it, and then it came out a few days ago and I realised I hadn’t read it back in ages and I had one of those classic writer moments where my brain insisted everyone would hate it. Hate hate hate it and I would be a laughing stock.

TOO LATE OMG TOO LATE I WILL BE OUTED AS A FRAUD etc etc because: writer.

But it turns out people do not hate it. In fact they find value in it. They even like it. So now I am all YES YES OF COURSE I ALWAYS KNEW I AM A SHINY PERSON I HAVE NO DOUBT DOUBT IS ALIEN TO THE CREATIVE SOUL.

Because: writer.

Does it have contemporary relevance? Your mileage may vary. Certainly I couldn’t say.

 


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