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agonistes

(ˌæɡəˈnɪstiːz)
n
a person enduring an inner struggle
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The second poem was Samson Agonistes, which tells the tragic story of Samson in his blindness.
the English practice of tragedy is far from satisfactory--a dual tendency that will eventually reach its climax in Milton's preface to Samson Agonistes where the poet follows the "three tragic poets unequalled yet by any" and at the same time attempts to "vindicate tragedy from the small esteem, or rather infamy, which in the account of many it undergoes at this day.
Susannah Mintz's book is an intricate study in "relational or intersubjective psychoanalysis" (21) explicating gender differences between Adam and Eve in Paradise Lost and Samson and Dalila in Samson Agonistes.
Although a fine assessment of the awfulness of Milton's God in Samson Agonistes follows, the most important claim in Lieb's book has, by this point, been established: Milton's God is less in need of defense or rebuttal than is his mindset in need of excavation.
Stoll argues that from these to his later works, particularly Samson Agonistes Milton's concept of monotheism became more influenced by anti-trinitarianism and even floated on the edge of Deism.
Sweeney, who has become a moral person, can to some extent be identified with Eliot, who--during the very period he wrote Sweeney Agonistes (around 1927-28)--performed a volte-face and became a member of the Church.
Bennett, "Mary Astell, Lucy Hutchinson, John Milton, and Feminist Liberation Theology"; Joseph Wittreich, "'The Ramifications of Those Ramifications': Compounding Contexts for Samson Agonistes"; David Loewenstein, "Samson Agonistes and the Culture of Religious Terror"; Michael Lieb, "Returning the Gorgon Medusa's Gaze: Terror and Annihilation in Milton"; and Stanley Fish, "'There Is Nothing He Cannot Ask': Milton, Liberalism, and Terrorism.
In chapter six, "'Our Living Dread,'" Lieb takes issue with Mary Ann Radzinowicz's classic study Towards "Samson Agonistes": The Growth of Milton's Mind (1978), which argues that the God of Samson Agonistes represents "the culmination of a movement .
In this epic of discovery, the Son, once discovering himself, a point about which the Gospels are silent, reenters the whirlwind of history where, as Samson Agonistes will then show, "everything [is] uncertain" (180), including those typological readings of history that, if fostered by Milton's epics, are undermined by his tragedy.
Enslavement to anything other than God's law (which actually brings freedom) is tyrannical enslavement, as Samson discovered in Samson Agonistes.
Hunter summarized the effect of his challenge of the treatise's Miltonic authorship as follows: "It is safe to say that lacking the thesis of This Great Argument Bright Essence would not exist and Milton's Brief Epic, Toward Samson Agonistes, and Milton and English Revolution would be quite different books from the ones we know.
along with their contributors, present ten essays about the consequences of choice in Milton's Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes andParadise Lost, working from Eve's assessment of Adam's objections in the last epic to her working alone in the Garden of Eden.