This essay examines a dialogue between two brothers in John Milton's "A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle," arguing that Milton shows, in this first of two "debates" in the masque, what disputation can be when its purpose is persuasion, rather than the endless bickering he had found so unproductive at Cambridge.
Arenas of Conflict: Milton and the Unfettered Mind
Curlin, Jay. “‘An Equal Poise of Hope and Fear’: A Fraternal Harmony of Extremes.” Arenas of Conflict: Milton and the Unfettered Mind. Selinsgrove, PA: Susquehanna UP, 1997. 77-92.