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The Uncertain World of 'Samson Agonistes' Hardcover - 2001

by John T. Shawcross


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Ambiguity, present in all aspects of the poem, is seen as central to Milton's authorial intentions.

Shawcross proposes that the many ambiguities surrounding Milton's dramatic poem Samson Agonistes are intentional: the actual words, the dates of composition, the genre, and the characters - particularly Samson and Dalila but including Manoa, Harapha, and the Chorus. Ambiguity also lies in Milton's presentation of political issues both philosophical and practical, his treatment of gender concepts, the constant questioning of the reader, and the poem's effect. Discussing all these elements, Shawcross follows with a detailed reading of the text which argues that it remains purposefully ambiguous, reflecting Milton's own recognition of the uncertainty of the content, and suggesting that Milton himself would question some of the nice 'solutions' that modern scholarship has offered in the last two decades.

JOHN SHAWCROSS is Professor of English, Emeritus, University of Kentucky.

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  • Title The Uncertain World of 'Samson Agonistes'
  • Author John T. Shawcross
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition 1st edition.
  • Pages 168
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Boydell & Brewer, Cambridge
  • Date 2001-02-01
  • ISBN 9780859916097 / 085991609X
  • Weight 0.93 lbs (0.42 kg)
  • Dimensions 9.56 x 6.36 x 0.76 in (24.28 x 16.15 x 1.93 cm)
  • Themes
    • Chronological Period: 17th Century
    • Cultural Region: British
  • Library of Congress subjects Milton, John, Samson - In literature
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 00058554
  • Dewey Decimal Code 822.4

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  • Choice, 10/01/2001, Page 313
  • Reference and Research Bk News, 11/01/2001, Page 228
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