[Milton-L] Samson as a private person?

Steve Fallon sfallon at nd.edu
Mon Aug 16 18:36:26 EDT 2010

See notes in the Kerrigan et al's Modern Library Complete Poetry and Essential Prose, in John Leonard's Penguin Complete Poems, and in Stephen Dobranski's new Variorum Commentary, which agree with each other.  In the words of the Modern Library edition's note, "Samson, as line 1211 makes clear, is not conceding this point but simply characterizing Harapha's description of him."

Steve Fallon

On Aug 16, 2010, at 6:12 PM, Charles Carroll wrote:

Does anyone have a good gloss for this passage:

But I a private person, whom my Countrey
As a league-breaker gave up bound, presum’d
Single Rebellion and did Hostile Acts.
I was no private but a person rais’d
With strength sufficient and command from Heav’n
To free my Countrey;

The passage seems in a way contradictory. Does Samson here regard himself as a private person, or not?

Any help would be much appreciated.




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