The Poetry of John Milton: Samson Agonistes (Lecture 23 of 24)

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Milton (ENGL 220) This introduction to Samson Agonistes focuses on a psycho-sexual reading of the poem, with particular emphasis placed on the poem's peculiar association of sexuality with violence. The characterization of Dalila and her similarity to Samson is discussed. The problems inherit in Miltonic heroism, especially self-sufficiency and the nature of heroic sacrifice, are expounded upon. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction: "Samson Agonistes" 01:57 - Chapter 2. When was "Samson Agonistes" Written? 17:14 - Chapter 3. "Samson Agonistes": The Most Intense Expression of Misogyny in the Miltonic Canon 25:38 - Chapter 4. Dalila's Dialogue 36:42 - Chapter 5. Samson: The Nursling of God Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Fall 2007.
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