Milton George Charles Williamson

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Milton  by  George Charles Williamson

Milton by George Charles Williamson
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free.This is an OCR edition with typos.Excerpt from book:SAMSON AGONISTES IT may, perhaps, strike the reader as curious thatMorePurchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free.This is an OCR edition with typos.Excerpt from book:SAMSON AGONISTES IT may, perhaps, strike the reader as curious that the last poetic work of Milton should be chosen as a typical specimen rather than his greatest, but we think there are reasons to justify this selection.

A very brief sketch has, indeed, been given of Paradise Lost, and some explanatory criticisms have been ventured upon, but the poem, as a whole, is too long for proper consideration in this section of so small a book, and it does not lend itself so well as does Samson Agonistes to examination by quotation. Added to this, although Paradise Lost is Miltons greatest work, it is not, in our opinion, the most typical, and we believe it will be found that Samson Agonistes gives a fuller revelation of the author, of the times in which he lived, with all their stirring political movements, and of his own outlook upon events past, present, and to come.

/ Samson Agonistes is a great metaphor of the /tragedy of Miltons own life. The selection of its subject was not so much the work of his choice as the result of destiny, and it is probable that there is no character in all the Biblical story which to Milton so clearly personified himself asthat of Samson. Miltons acquaintance with the Authorized Version of the Bible was most intimate- his learning with respect to that book was even greater than his learning with regard to all other literature.

He had never viewed it as literature alone. It had been to him far more: an inspired Word of God, a Divine guide for life,and yet more, a text book from which to seek guidance in all the complexities of political and social life. In it he found the famous story of Samson, and in this story, as in a mirror, he saw himself and his country pictured, as the blind warrior in the hands of the success...



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