Youth's Magazine,  3rd ser. 10 (1837), 204.

Words and Things



Introduction; Extract


Education, Utility, Agriculture, Natural History, Ancient Authorities

    The extract from an unnamed biography of John Milton reflects on Charles Symmons's characterization of Milton's educational philosophy as being based on 'an erroneous principle—"It respected things more than words!"'. Milton 'placed in the hands of boys from ten to fifteen years of age, such writers as [...] gave information on some of the departments of sciences', including 'the agricultural works of Cato, Columella, and Varro; the Medical Treatises of Cornelius Celsus; Pliny's Natural History; Vitruvius's Architecture, and the philosophical Poems of Lucretius and Manilius'. The writer disagrees with Symmons's view that this plan is flawed. The extract is introduced as being 'peculiarly interesting at the present period, when the "erroneous principle" commented on, has become so generally recognized'.

© Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Project, Universities of Leeds and Sheffield, 2005 - 2020

Printed from Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical: An Electronic Index, v. 4.0, The Digital Humanities Institute <> [accessed ]