I want to apologize to everyone for my mistaken comment on Wed about Samson
A not being a drama (I called it an "epic poem"). I skimmed it Wed evening
and, whether it was intended to be performed or not, it has the form or a
drama. Never paid any attention to it before last Wed; to be truthful, I
was only interested in his sonnets (my favorite being #23 with his dream
that he wasn't blind, I've had dreams like that myself, ie. no more
paralysis etc). When I was looking over Samson A, I just realized why
Milton would be interested in that particular biblical character (the
blindness in both). In fact, I want to thank everyone for nudging me off of
the sonnets and into his other writing.
From: Jennifer Formichelli [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, May 17, 2002 2:52 AM
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Subject: Re: Sweeney Agonistes: a drama or not? (Was, Furnished flats
(was: Small correction)
Dear JP Earls, OSB,
Actually, Milton wrote in the Introduction to Sampson that it was never
intended for the stage.
Thanks for the point, though. The title certainly invites a comparison: one
which brings a man who does a girl in (not necessarily Mr Sweeney), together
with a man do in a by a girl.
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From: "Earls, JP" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2002 4:16 PM
Subject: RE: Sweeney Agonistes: a drama or not? (Was, Furnished flats (was:
> Cursorily reading through this thread, I haven't noted anyone bringing
Milton's _Samson Agonistes_ to bear on the discussion: if dramatic, seldom
played. In what ironic sense is Sweeney a modern Samson?
> J. P. Earls, OSB
> St. John's University
> Collegeville, MN 56321
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jennifer Formichelli [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2002 2:21 AM
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> Subject: Sweeney Agonistes: a drama or not? (Was, Furnished flats (was:
> Small correction)
> Dear Marcia,
> Good point. I need some convincing that Sweeney A is a drama, too. The
> subtitle describes it as 'Aristophanic melodrama'. Hmm. More obnubilate
> Let's talk about this.
> Yours, Jennifer
> > mean is that Eliot means to denigrate. The passage you include from The
> > Land is much too complex in its accuracies for me to agree in that case,
> > Dear Jennifer,
> > I need some convincing that Sweeney A is a drama.
> > Marcia