[Milton-L] Peter Ackroyd examines Milton

James Rovira jamesrovira at gmail.com
Sat Feb 23 14:07:15 EST 2008

Paul -- I don't see how this passage contradicts Carey's claim that in
Milton Samson's prayer is omitted.  Carey claims that Samson's prayer
is included in the Book of Judges, which it is:

<< 16:28 Then Samson prayed to the LORD, "O Sovereign LORD, remember
me. O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one
blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.">>

And that it is omitted from Milton's account, which it is.  We don't
have the language of Samson's prayer in Milton's account of the story,
just the rather ambiguous phrase, "as one who prayed."  Carey's point
doesn't seem to me to be that Milton didn't pray, but that by omitting
the language of the prayer Samson's acts are rendered far more
ambiguous in Milton's account than in the Book of Judges.

Jim R

On Sat, Feb 23, 2008 at 12:43 PM, Paul Miller <pm9 at comcast.net> wrote:
> James Rovira ---> "The Ackroyd piece isn't nearly as interesting as Carey's
> review of
>  Beer's biography"
>  I missed the link the first time and as I read his review I came across
>  this:
>  Carey ---> "In Samson Agonistes, too, Beer misses the crucial point. In the
>  Book of Judges Samson prays to God for strength, and is granted it, before
>  pulling down the building on the heads of the Philistines. But in Milton's
>  account the prayer is omitted"
>  No Milton really didn't omit the prayer he uses his own poetic nuance in the
>  depiction of it.
>  "He unsuspitious led him; which when Samson
>  Felt in his arms, with head a while enclin'd,
>  And eyes fast fixt he stood, as one who pray'd,
>  Or some great matter in his mind revolv'd". SA Milton
>  Paul Miller

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