When dealing with Samson Agonistes
Teskey reverses the procedure he had followed with the other works.
But aside from occasional observations about presumed audience response, performance is not the focal point here, to such an extent that Samson Agonistes
is discussed as a play like the others, despite Milton's own assertion that it "never was intended" for the stage and Elizabeth Sauer's influential work on the poem as closet drama.
Where then does this place the thrice-marriedJohn Milton, whose so-called misogyny is often associated with Euripides's and who adapted the words of Euripides's Hippolytus and Jason for the Chorus's words in Samson Agonistes
and for Adam's famous denunciation of females in Paradise Lost 10.
Blake was haunted by Samson Agonistes
, especially by Samson at the pillars, and he returned to that moment almost obsessively.
The final chapters move from Paradise Lost to Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes
. In discussing Milton's supposed anti-Trinitarianism, Donnelly offers a corrective to the now dominant critical understanding: "While Milton does not subscribe to extra-biblical formulations regarding relations internal to the being (or essence) of the Godhead--the 'immanent Trinity'--he clearly endorses biblical depictions of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit working in co-ordination to bring bout salvation history--the 'economic Trinity'" (177).
Suibhne's example of "engaged" separation from community as the initial step on the penitent's path may help to illumine this aspect of Eliot's work, especially in the case of Sweeney, whose assumption of a prophetic role in Sweeney Agonistes
has proven a rich source of critical confusion.
Yet Antigone seems a bit out of place in this discussion, as do Caliban and Samson Agonistes
in later chapters.
; Essays on the Life, Legend and Works of fames Agee, edited by Michael A.
(Osiris, dispersed in fourteen pieces by Set, is a cogent icon for the fragmented O'Shaugnessey of much of Deer Park and of the fragmented Mailer of the early pages of The Armies of the Night; young Meni, mind visitor and traveler extraordinary, realizes all of Rojack and Gilmore's intimations of telepathic powers; Menenhetet's ascendances from Pharaonic abuse to heroic, magical and amorous potency, recapitulates principle elements of increasingly long arcs of Hearn, Croft, O'Shaugnessey, Rojack, and Gilmore agonistes
How do we read a text like Samson Agonistes
in the light of the 21st century where distinctions between father and mother, brother and brother, father/mother and child lose its character in collective madness.
The conjunction functions effectively if awkwardly to position Sherwood's humanistic readings of the work of Spenser (The Faerie Queene), Shakespeare (1 and 2 Henry IV and Henry V), Donne (poetry, letters, Pseudo-Martyr, Devotions, sermons), Jonson (Epigrams, poetry of compliment, Timber, The Forest, some plays), and Milton (particularly the prose pamphlets, Paradise Lost, Samson Agonistes
, and Paradise Regained) in relation to the debate about early modern subjectivity.