A True Reflection of the Poet: On the Resemblance Between Samson and Milton

Chuanqiang ZHANG

Abstract


John Milton made great use of his youth experience in the writing of Samson Agonistes. The image and description of the hero reflected the poet himself almost in all aspects. Both Samson and Milton were divinely appointed to glorious cause and recorded great achievements, persecuted severely by their enemies and suffered a lot from blindness. The unwise marriage and the grappling with God’s justice of Samson truly reflected that of Milton. The revolutionary spirit of Samson is truly that of Milton’s and his last vengeance reflected Milton’s completion of the three great poems. In a sense, Samson is Milton.

 


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John Milton; Samson Agonistes; Resemblance

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