Selections From The Prose Works Of John Milton; With Critical Remarks And Elucidations

Paperback | February 1, 2012

byJohn Milton

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870. Excerpt: ... ON EDUCATION. UR author is a wholesale root-and-branch Re V/ former; he would reform everything, church, government, marriage, and now education; but all his systems and schemes happily proved abortive, visionary, vague, and vain. Instead of our public schools and universities, against which he seems to have been deeply prejudiced, he would have in every city " a spacious house and ground about it fit for an academy, which should be at once both school and university, and big enough to lodge a hundred and fifty persons." He objects to "forcing the empty wits of children to compose themes, verses, and orations, which are the acts of ripest judgment, and not matters to be wrung from poor striplings like the plucking of untimely fruit." Vacations are to be abolished, but he lays down rules for exercise and diet as well as study. We cannot sum up this absurd and impracticable scheme of " the reforming of education" better than in the sarcastic words of a Quarterly Reviewer. 'Here will every stripling, by the time he is one and twenty, have read more Latin and Greek authors than, perhaps, the most veteran scholar in these de L generate days: he will besides have mastered the Italian, the Hebrew, the Chaldee, and Syrian at "odd hours." He will have made himself, in his schoolroom and playground, a complete farmer, architect, engineer, sportsman, apothecary, anatomist, law-giver, philosopher, general officer of cavalry, skilled in "embattling, marching, encamping, fortifying, besieging, and battering," equal to the command of an army, the moment he has escaped from the rod; and thus will he prove himself, "in a dangerous fit of the commonwealth, no poor, shaken, uncertain reed, of such a tottering conscience as many great counsellors show themselves, but a stedf...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870. Excerpt: ... ON EDUCATION. UR author is a wholesale root-and-branch Re V/ former; he would reform everything, church, government, marriage,...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:76 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217991998

ISBN - 13:9780217991995

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