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Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes: the ineffable self

Noam Reisner

in Milton and the Ineffable

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199572625
eISBN:
9780191721892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572625.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Milton Studies, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter turns to the 1671 volume of Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes. It analyses the crisis of apophatic discourse at the heart of the poet's subjectivity, when modes of spiritual ... More


The Story of Samson: Self‐Destroying Evil

Eleonore Stump

in Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199277421
eISBN:
9780191594298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277421.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Samson is an exemplar of a person who suffers greatly but whose suffering stems from his own wrongdoing. This chapter examines the problem of suffering as regards not the victims of human evil but as ... More


Milton and Samson Agonistes

Blair Worden

in Literature and Politics in Cromwellian England

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199230822
eISBN:
9780191696480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230822.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, Milton Studies

Samson Agonistes, the nearest thing to a Greek tragedy in the English language, will always speak beyond the context that produced it. Being a triumph of imagination, it mirrors a ... More


Choosing a captain back for Egypt: Milton and the Restoration

Warren Chernaik

in From Republic to Restoration: Legacies and Departures

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780719089688
eISBN:
9781526135872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719089688.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Milton as a republican viewed the restoration of kingship in 1660 with dread. Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes, like the last two books of Paradise Lost, have a specific Restoration historical ... More


Gemelle Liber: Milton’s 1671 Archive

Eric B. Song

in Dominion Undeserved: Milton and the Perils of Creation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451850
eISBN:
9780801468094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451850.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Milton Studies

This chapter attends to the politics of abjection versus incorporation in its most condensed form: in the lives of Milton's Jesus and Samson. It reads Milton's 1671 poems alongside theories of the ... More


Conclusion: Last Words

Maggie Kilgour

in Milton and the Metamorphosis of Ovid

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199589432
eISBN:
9780191738500
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589432.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The Conclusion examines Milton's drama Samson Agonistes in relation to Ovid's final exilic poetry, in which he is concerned with the interpretation and future reception of his works. At the end of ... More


Samson and the Poetics of Covenant

Harold Fisch

in The Biblical Presence in Shakespeare, Milton, and Blake: A Comparative Study

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184898
eISBN:
9780191674372
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184898.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter analyses Samson Agonistes as a model of covenantal discourse or midrash. It argues that Samson Agonistes is not merely an example of midrashic discourse; it is also a reflection on the ... More


The Same Old Grind: Milton’s Samson as Subtragic Hero

Richard Halpern

in Eclipse of Action: Tragedy and Political Economy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226433653
eISBN:
9780226433790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226433790.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This chapter looks at Milton’s closet play Samson Agonistes—his final work, composed after the collapse of the Commonwealth and the Restoration of monarchy in England. If Hamlet stages an encounter ... More


Milton’s Essay of Dramatic Poesy: Samson Agonistes

Ann Baynes Coiro

in Milton in the Long Restoration

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198769774
eISBN:
9780191822605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769774.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Milton Studies, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Samson Agonistes engages with two heated Long Restoration debates: the use of rhymed verse in tragedy and the status of the tragic chorus. Each might seem pedantic now or merely technical, but they ... More


My Self, My Sepulcher

Drew Daniel

in The Melancholy Assemblage: Affect and Epistemology in the English Renaissance

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823251278
eISBN:
9780823252701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251278.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Samson, the biblical hero from the Book of Judges, makes an unlikely candidate for melancholy. His fear and sorrow can be attributed to a number of obvious reasons, not least his compromising ... More


From Biblical Tragedy to Human Rights: International Legal Personality in Grotius’ Sophompaneas and Milton’s Samson Agonistes

Christopher N. Warren

in Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580-1680

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198719342
eISBN:
9780191788550
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719342.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the interlocking concerns of biblical tragedy and the early modern law of nations through Hugo Grotius’ Sophompaneas (1635; trans., 1652), a learned dramatization of Genesis ... More


Idleness Had Been Worse

Blair Hoxby

in Mammon's Music: Literature and Economics in the Age of Milton

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300093780
eISBN:
9780300129632
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300093780.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Milton Studies

This chapter examines John Milton's Drama Samson Agonistes. It compares this drama with Samson in the Book of Judges and suggests that Samson's slavery seems to invite and resist interpretations ... More


Samson Uncircumcised

Jonathan Goldberg

in Political Theology and Early Modernity

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226314976
eISBN:
9780226314990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226314990.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter approaches political theology through a reading of Milton's Samson Agonistes. A long tradition of Milton criticism sees Samson's decision to massacre the Philistines as the poem's ... More


Readmission and Displacement: Menasseh ben Israel, William Prynne, John Milton

Kathy Lavezzo

in The Accommodated Jew: English Antisemitism from Bede to Milton

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781501703157
eISBN:
9781501706158
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501703157.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter considers the seventeenth-century debates over the readmission of Jews, when the English shifted from telling stories about Jewish houses to contemplating the accommodated Jew in ... More


Milton and the Problem of Belief

Victoria Kahn

in The Trouble with Literature

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780198808749
eISBN:
9780191888953
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808749.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores the tension in John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Paradise Regain’d, and Samson Agonistes between the work of poetry and the work of faith. In Paradise Losts Milton conceives of faith ... More


John Dennis, John Locke, and the Sublimation of Revolt: Samson Agonistes after the Glorious Revolution

Catherine Gimelli Martin

in Milton in the Long Restoration

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198769774
eISBN:
9780191822605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769774.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Milton Studies, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter questions why John Dennis, the first literary critic to associate Milton with the poetic sublime, refuses to apply this term to Samson Agonistes or even publicly to discuss the drama. ... More


“A Darkness Which Might be Felt”: Handel, Fux, and the Oratorio

Harry White

in The Musical Discourse of Servitude: Authority, Autonomy, and the Work-Concept in Fux, Bach and Handel

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780190903879
eISBN:
9780190903909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190903879.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter considers Handel’s invention of the English oratorio in relation to its Italian antecedents and seeks to demonstrate how Samson (1743) in particular reimagines the Italian oratorio as an ... More


Conclusion: Samson Agonistes and the Limits of Tragedy

Russ Leo

in Tragedy as Philosophy in the Reformation World

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780198834212
eISBN:
9780191874048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198834212.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

The Conclusion traces how Milton investigates the extent to which tragedy is able to render divinity intelligible. If Reformation tragedy offers pointed insight into probability and necessity in ... More


‘In Power of Others, Never in My Own’: The Meaning of Slavery in Samson Agonistes

Martin Dzelzainis

in Milton in the Long Restoration

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780198769774
eISBN:
9780191822605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769774.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, Milton Studies, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

While much has been written on Milton and liberty, especially in relation to republicanism, its antonym—slavery—has attracted little attention, even in the case of Samson Agonistes. This chapter ... More


The Failure of Uniformity

Philip Connell

in Secular Chains: Poetry and the Politics of Religion from Milton to Pope

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780199269587
eISBN:
9780191820496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269587.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter surveys the literary response to the Stuart Restoration and, more specifically, the politics of church settlement in the 1660s and early 1670s. Stressing the uncertainties and divisions ... More


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