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Samson Agonistes

Samson Agonistes

Written by John Milton

Narrated by Iain Glen, David de Keyser, Samantha Bond and


Samson Agonistes

Written by John Milton

Narrated by Iain Glen, David de Keyser, Samantha Bond and

ratings:
3.5/5 (29 ratings)
Length:
1 hour
Released:
Jan 1, 2014
ISBN:
9781843798033
Format:
Audiobook

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Description

Samson Agonistes, the "dramatic poem" by John Milton, was published in 1671, three years before the poet's death. Written in the form of a Greek tragedy, with the Chorus commenting on the action, it follows the biblical story of the blind Samson as he wreaks his revenge on the Philistines who have imprisoned him.

A powerful subject, with a personal resonance for the blind Milton, it is a perfect work for the medium of audiobook where poetry and drama can be balanced equally. This production, adapted for BBC Radio 3, broadcast in 2008 and directed by John Tydeman, features Iain Glen in the title role, with Samantha Bond as Dalila, Philip Madoc as Harapha and Michael Maloney as the Messenger.

Released:
Jan 1, 2014
ISBN:
9781843798033
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as ebookEbook

About the author

John Milton was an English poet and intellectual, who was employed as a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under its Council of State, and later under Oliver Cromwell. Milton wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost, written In blank verse.


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  • (5/5)
    An excellent unabridged dramatization of Samson Agonistes. The poem is written as a play of the last day of Samson's life.

    The play or poem is well worth the read, and this audiobook is great as an accompaniment.

    Prior to being brought into the arena, Samson has conversations with his father, Delila, the father of Goliath, and his countrymen. An hour well spent.
  • (3/5)
    The passages about blindness are wonderful, but the reading is very melodramatic, spoiling the poetry with ham over acting.