Altering Eyes: New Perspectives on Samson Agonistes by Mark R. Kelley, Joseph Wittreich

By Mark R. Kelley, Joseph Wittreich

The essays during this quantity deliver below scrutiny conventional interpretations of what's greatly thought of Milton's final poem. As such the essays in changing Eyes are an imitation of the writings they might remove darkness from, that's to assert that they're "methodologically adventurous, " now not in simple terms "assimilative, " and may do the type of paintings that a lot Milton feedback of contemporary many years has resisted. obtrusive in most of these essays is a deep alliance, an interdependency among heritage, literature, and concept. the following philosophy and psychology, foreign legislation, economics, ethics, felony conception, aesthetics and biblical hermeneutics, the legislation of style and normal ameliorations, republican politics, comparative faith all come into play. as a result of the paths they pursue and the severe methodologies they install, those 11 essays revise not just earlier feedback but in addition each other with the identify of this quantity, changing Eyes, in its invocation of Blake's clever injunction that the attention changing alters all, serving as their highbrow and methodological, paradigm.

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For a more detailed discussion of errors and stop-press corrections in the first edition, see Dobranski, ‘‘Samson and the Omissa,’’ 153–55, and chapter 2 of Dobranski, Milton, Authorship, and the Book Trade. 24. Moxon explains that the ‘‘Page and Notes stand safer, being cloathed with the Furniture, than they do when they stand naked in the Galley’’ (218). I am grateful to D. F. McKenzie for drawing my attention to this point in private correspondence. 25. For Samson’s prose preliminary matter, the compositor estimated generously, allotting four leaves with ample space to spare.

9236$$ INTR 05-14-02 10:22:59 PS Text and Context for Paradise Regain’d and Samson Agonistes STEPHEN B. DOBRANSKI EVEN A CURSORY, BIBLIOGRAPHICAL EXAMINATION OF PARADISE Regain’d and Samson Agonistes indicates that the two poems were designed to be published together in 1671. The title page of the first edition refers to both works (Paradise Regain’d. . 2 The more complicated consideration remains whether Milton conceived Paradise Regain’d and Samson Agonistes as a cohesive whole—and in this particular order—or whether their combined publication was decided at the printing house.

8. After the third, folio edition of Paradise Regain’d. . Samson Agonistes was published in 1688, the original connection between the two poems was no longer preserved except for the sake of convenience. Instead, as David Masson observes, ‘‘the tendency was to editions of all Milton’s poetical works collec- .......................... ’’ See The Poetical Works of John Milton, ed. Masson (London: Macmillan, 1877), 285. 9. The Works of John Milton, ed. Frank Allen Patterson, 18 vols. (New York: Columbia University Press, 1931–38).

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