ENGL 220 - Lecture 23 - Samson Agonistes

Lecture 23 - Samson Agonistes

Overview

This introduction to Samson Agonistes focuses on a psycho-sexual reading of the poem, with particular emphasis placed on the poem's peculiar association of sexuality with violence. The characterization of Dalila and her similarity to Samson is discussed. The problems inherit in Miltonic heroism, especially self-sufficiency and the nature of heroic sacrifice, are expounded upon.

Assignment

John Milton. Complete Poems and Major Prose. (Hughes):
Samson Agonistes (1671), p. 531

Bible: Judges 13-16

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