[Milton-L] Samson as a private person?
jfleming at sfu.ca
Mon Aug 16 18:41:59 EDT 2010
Both: a private person publicly committed, uniquely praiseworthy as such. Isomorphic with M's own self-presentation in the Defenses, and with the Jesus whose "mother's house private" is the necessary starting-point for his ministry. Antipathetic to the Satan who is in his own private hell wherever he goes; and, for that matter, to the defeated and blinded Samson at the beginning of the play. His triumph is, in the end, to go public all over again. To perform himself.
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Subject: [Milton-L] Samson as a private person?
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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