[Milton-L] Samson as a private person?

Charles Carroll charles at literatureinreview.com
Tue Aug 17 12:42:01 EDT 2010

Thank you Steve Fallon, JD Fleming, and Harold Skulsky for your insightful comments!

Charles Carroll

On 2010-08-16, at 8:42 PM, Harold Skulsky wrote:

> In SA 1208-10 Samson momentarily impersonates an imaginary pettifogging objector (for clarity, set off the lines in quotes). 
> In 1211-13 Samson settles the objector's hash with a knock-down retort (he is no unauthorized private combatant, no mere vigilante; given his divine sponsorship and his urgently just cause, he is as public and official a champion of his nation as he can be). 
> In staging a mock exchange with a mock challenger, Samson is invoking the figure of thought called sermocinatio or dialogismus, a favorite of classical debate. (See Hermann Lausberg, Elemente der Literarischen Rhetorik, for details.)
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