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Samson Agonistes, and Shorter Poems Summary
John Milton

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Samson Agonistes, and Shorter Poems Summary

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Samsonappears in Samson Agonistes

Samson, the warrior hero of the ancient Israelites, is the protagonist of the longest poem in this volume, Samson Agonistes. He is a defeated and remorseful man at the start of the poem, even though he has recovered the stupendous physical strength given to him by God, which he had lost after Dalila cut his hair. His blindness from having his eyes gouged out by the Philistines has left him with the conviction that he is already half-dead, and that God intends for his life to end soon. The poem reveals that Samson was a Nazarite, which means he took special vows to avoid strong drink and to live in a holy manner, but his downfall came through his association with women. First, he married a woman unnamed in the poem who belonged to the Philistine people, the mortal enemies of the Israelites. Although...

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