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Rewriting The Christus Patiens Tradition In Samson Agonistes

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Though published at the end of John Milton's poetic career, Samson Agonistes fulfills one of Milton's earliest recorded intentions to write a passion poem. The Trinity College Manuscript contains a brief sketch among Milton's notes on biblical dramas for a work on "Christus patiens". The intersections between the passion play hinted at in the Trinity manuscript and Samson Agonistes illustrate the unfinished business of Milton's ongoing engagement with the passion. As a dramatic poem, Samson Agonistes engages one of the major forms of medieval passion literature. Samson is well known as a type or anti-type of Christ: his birth is foretold in a similar way, he enters a special covenant with God, and he is ordained as a redeemer of Israel. In Samson Agonistes the body of Samson provides Milton with an opportunity to consider an iconoclastic poetics for handling the body of Christ.

Keywords: Christus patiens; Samson Agonistes



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