Ahh. So much looking forward to this. 1 of our greatest poets & 1 of his most accomplished, vainglorious poems. @BBCFreeThinking @BBCRadio3 tonight.
I once did a Roman Jakobson-style (Baudelaire ‘Les Chats’) close reading of these lines with 3rd Yr Hons Students, to illustrate both the practice & John Milton’s breathtaking & frightening linguistic virtuosity—

'these redundant locks,
Robustious to no purpose clustering down'
@islamaissa Ah. The (in)famous debate about whether Samson was a suicide bomber. I remember @TheTLS pages on fire with it. Now 1 for my Son3 @GarethMDavis !
Surely we must be vigilant about delegitimising 1 person’s experience of visual impairment because they lived 350 years ago & don’t share ours?
This is a wonderful book, btw
The rabbis debated endlessly the morality of Samson’s suicide & the weaponisation of his own body.

Mr Mallin pointed out to us that the closing couplet of On His Blindness was a reference to Luke 10.38-42 in 1973
To be found here my friends
Carey, John. "A Work in Praise of Terrorism?: September 11 and Samson Agonistes." Times Literary Supplement 6 (September, 2002), pp. 15-16

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Ok they divide opinion inside & outside the academy, though I have gained much from many of their key ideas without embracing all of them. You’ll get no fairer & penetrating a guide than @DrMatthewSweet @BBCFreeThinking @BBCRadio3
It’s an *anti-Enlightenment* body, subverting the hierarchical vision of the organised body serving the mind, the power of reason. In this it recovers a much more ancient Biblical & shamanistic conception of the human as dis-organised, botched, desirous, self-subverting.
We can link it to yesterday @BBCFreeThinking. For it is Samson’s disorganised disruptive body of hair & eyes & unconstrained physical strength
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