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Samson Agonistes
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Samson Agonistes John Milton Arthur Wilson Verity A tragedy by John Milton, it is considered the greatest English drama based on the Greek model and is known as one suited for reading than performance The work deals with the final phase of Samson s life and recounts the story as told in the Old Testament Book of Judges Himself blind when he wrote Samson Agonistes, Milton depicts Samson, the once mighty warrior, asA tragedy by John Milton, it is considered the greatest English drama based on the Greek model and is known as one suited for reading than performance The work deals with the final phase of Samson s life and recounts the story as told in the Old Testament Book of Judges Himself blind when he wrote Samson Agonistes, Milton depicts Samson, the once mighty warrior, as blinded and a prisoner of the Philistines Samson conquers self pity and despair, however, and is granted a return of his old strength He pulls down the pillars that support the temple of the Philistine god Dagon, crushing himself along with his captors.. Samson Agonistes A tragedy by John Milton it is considered the greatest English drama based on the Greek model and is known as one suited for reading than performance The work deals with the final phase of Samson s l
  • Title: Samson Agonistes
  • Author: John Milton Arthur Wilson Verity
  • ISBN: 9780766189522
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Samantha says:

      Classic literature lovers only Do not read for fun, because Milton is TOUGH, but if you appreciate close reading and are ready to spend hours poring through intricate details in a very complex and intelligent retelling of Samson, you will learn to appreciate Milton s genius.

    2. Mary Overton says:

      on blindness O loss of sight, of thee I most complain Blind among enemies, O worse then chains,Dungeon, or beggery, or decrepit age Light the prime work of God to me is extinct,And all her various objects of delightAnnull d, which might in part my grief have eas d,Inferiour to the vilest now becomeOf man or worm the vilest here excel me,They creep, yet see, I dark in light expos dTo daily fraud, contempt, abuse and wrong,Within doors, or without, still as a fool,In power of others, never in my o [...]

    3. Mike says:

      How could I once look up, or heave the head,Who like a foolish Pilot have shipwreck tMy vessel trusted to me from above,Gloriously rigg d

    4. Ben says:

      This day will be remarkable in my lifeby some great act, or of my days the last.Samson Agonistes is to many Milton scholars his Tempest, the last of his poems and certainly one of the richest, based on the biblical story of Samson and Delilah with autobiographical references evident here and there linking together Milton s blindness with Samson s Written as a closet drama a play to be read to oneself rather than staged it tells a story that should be familiar to many Western readers, though prob [...]

    5. Ci says:

      I use Dalila instead of Delilah as it conforms with the spelling in Agonistes Delilah is often used in biblical translations Samson Agonistes is considered Milton s major work, second only to Paradise Lost To start, I read Judges 13 16 which detailed the birth and death of Samson, of which his relationship with Philistine woman Dalila Delilah is the crux of his career The biblical account of Samson is a brutal, cruel, and crafty man of extraordinary strength, fail in his besotted relationship w [...]

    6. Andrew says:

      I just got accepted to a conference to speak on this work by Milton Critics have really been excited about this book for the last ten years or so it opens a lot of debates about Milton s politics, theology, typology, possible misogyny and what I m writing about rhetoric.Milton complete reinvents Samson for his own literary purposes, which makes it an interesting contrast to PARADISE REGAINED also published in 1671 No longer the jockish, arrogant, divinely tough brute memorable in the Old Testame [...]

    7. Alison Lafferty says:

      Forget Paradise Regained, this is the lesser Milton work I want to worship forever I don t know why but the story of Samson and Delilah always struck me as visceral and sort of sparse, but this poem takes the visceral aspect and exploits it through this beautiful closet play poetic format and just sort of makes it into a wonderfully gory mess I mean, not MODERN gory, but early modern gory still quite striking The closest thing I can compare it to is the weird sentimental feeling I get watching t [...]

    8. Gloria Sun says:

      My first reading of Milton though I ve heard of him for years This is the biblical story of Samson the Nazirite whose strength depended on his hair, and who was betrayed by Delilah, treated as a Greek epic I love it The story of Samson I felt was never very preachy he was just a really epic figure from ancient Israel.Also, the lament for his loss of sight was very genuine, because Milton himself was blind when he wrote this I could feel his sadness I loved how he filled out certain details that [...]

    9. R.K. Byers says:

      i liked this he had Samson talking trash than a gangster rapper

    10. Nadosia Grey says:

      Very short, with little characters focused on the Biblical story from the Book of Judges I don t read this completely as tragedy in that the reaction to Samson s death is not exactly perceived as tragic, but confirming of his heroism and duties to his religion If there is anything tragic, it s Samson s self acceptance of his misfortunes throughout the drama it s the sad realization that tragedy is designed and intended towards something greater than the despair it momentarily enacts The diction [...]

    11. Chris McCracken says:

      Great tragedy, but Samson kind of sounds like a suicide bomber

    12. Jessica says:

      I haven t read enough tragic dramas, Greek or Greek inspired, to rank Milton s among the best, but I can confidently say that Samson Agonistes sets the bar high Milton s verse is poised between poetry and prose, his diction is fairly standard, but ennobled by the style of his expression, his story telling achieves a sense of gravity removed from abjection or sorrow and if I had to put a name to its quality, its status, its atmosphere, I might call Samson Agonistes elevated And yet, I would risk [...]

    13. Lexi says:

      Read for ENGL 385Similar to the book of Job, Samson interacts with a chorus of friends, his father, Delilah, and two Philistines As he argues with the other characters, he also seems to be arguing with himself and his own doubts of God s faithfulness Milton s unorthodox theology does not feature as prominently in this closet drama as it does in Paradise Lost.

    14. Hannah Gorrie says:

      I read this book for a class recently, and it was SO dense to read through I have no prior experience with Milton Once we discussed it in class, and the plot line and provocative themes were pointed out, I appreciated it much .

    15. Ash Connell says:

      Milton probably How many times can I use the word foreskin and uncircumcised in this play.

    16. Audrey says:

      edit at first I liked this, but as we dug further in to the ideas about slavery and terrorism in this book, I became disgusted The only reason it earns two stars is for the good writing and description of mental illness closer to the beginning The rest of it, ruined it for me.

    17. Paul says:

      But what is strength without a double share of wisdom

    18. Esdaile says:

      I came across it again having last read it forty years ago or so while listening to Handel s wonderful opera, Samson I was thinking to myself and who wrote the stupendous libretto until the penny dropped Like Parzival, Milton s Samson and Milton himself of course can only portray so vividly debate and furnish a picture of an opponent whom he wishes very literally in hell when he himself knew the temptation, the wound This what does one call it poem play neither name seems adequate, thsi account [...]

    19. Kari says:

      Well I never got the attitudes of any of these characters that s what they are from my reading of Samson No repentant and loving Delilah, no solicitous friends, no polite and coaxing Philistine messengers, no parental feeling from Manoah, certainly no remorse and learning from experience and seeing where he went wrong and could improve out of Samson Did Milton really get this out of his reading, or did he wear rose colored glasses and was he filled with the milk of kindness to an amazing degree, [...]

    20. Curtis Runstedler says:

      Although the topic seems arbitrary, it s deeply personal when you consider Milton s social life during this period With his young wife having left him and his eyesight gone, Milton turns to the Scriptures and the story of Samson and Delilah to express the anguish and hurt he feels in his own life The play emerges as a powerful exploration of humanist emphasis and emotion His command of the English language is as ripe as ever, and unfortunately this play is often overshadowed by Paradise Lost I e [...]

    21. Bettie☯ says:

      mp3 blurb followsBy John Milton and adapted for radio and directed by John Tydeman.A new production of Milton s dramatic poem, originally published in 1671, as part of Radio 3 s celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the poet s birth.Written in the form of a Greek tragedy, with the chorus commenting on the action, the play follows the biblical story of the blind Samson wreaking his revenge on the Philistines who have imprisoned him.With Samson Iain GlenManoa David de KeyserDalila Samantha Bond [...]

    22. Andrew says:

      Great Greek tragic form, Biblical story, Milton s verse.

    23. Kathleen Dupré says:

      The poetry is wonderful, as usual with Milton, but the tone of the entire work seems whiny and petulant than anything else The characterization of Samson in this tragedy is clearly the result of Milton s personal frustrations with his own life, and it seems probable that he wrote it as a form of cathartic release All in all, I would say stick to Paradise Lost and Milton s other, shorter poems.

    24. Silvio Curtis says:

      I read an edition of Paradise Lost that included some other stuff by Milton in the back One characteristic of a lot of them was that they used ancient Greco Roman genres and themes to talk about Christian religious topics I thought some of the shorter works, like this tragedy about Samson written in the ancient Greek style, were well done, but Paradise Lost itself was a bit boring because the theological exposition encumbered the action too much.

    25. J. Alfred says:

      As a verse drama that Milton, in his argument, assures the reader was never meant to be acted, Samson Agonistes is kind of a weird one That said, if one wants to read the emotional tsunami of Samson s last day as written by a guy who happened to be blind and one of the greatest poets who has ever written, well, this is a pretty good place to start Plus it is short enough that one could finish it in a sitting, if one was a determined enough sitter Busting with good lines give it a try.

    26. Krystal says:

      Much better than Paradise Lost And much shorter I was a little disappointed though I like reading the story of Samson so much in the Bible and I was looking forward to an expansion of it I felt like this was of Milton s own ponderings though, and I m not sure that I liked it in Greek tragedy form Still interesting though.

    27. Joseph says:

      I HATE having to admit this, but unlike Paradise Lost, I had serious problems paying attention to this one It is John Milton so at the very least it s beautifully written although it pales in comparison to Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained.

    28. Brad Lyerla says:

      I read Samson Agonistes in Western Literature Survey during my freshman year in college We also read Dante, Cervantes, Mann and Ibsen that semester It was all wonderful and I would love to read it all again the first time.

    29. 1.1 says:

      Pretty good You know it s the stuff when you start reading it and realize you needed the fix.Short, too, so if you want to get to know Milton without reading Paradise Lost which is rightfully important this is one good approach.

    30. Ke says:

      The language in this play was well crafted, but I have to say that I preferred Paradise Lost.There were a few references that I didn t understand Compared to Paradise Lost, Samson Agonistes is claustrophobic.

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