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the principal character in a work of fiction


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someone involved in a contest or battle (as in an agon)

a muscle that contracts while another relaxes

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(biochemistry) a drug that can combine with a receptor on a cell to produce a physiological reaction

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When dealing with Samson Agonistes Teskey reverses the procedure he had followed with the other works.
Daniel concludes his explorations of early modern literature and melancholy with a brief chapter on Milton's Samson Agonistes.
After a chapter on the 1604 A-Text of Doctor Faustus on damnation that is somewhat difficult to connect to the book's larger claims, the fifth and final chapter analyzes Milton's closet-drama Samson Agonistes, arguing that the tragedy is the "purest expression" of "the sacrificial crisis in early modern England," which is "predicated on uncertainty over the justice of scapegoating and the sanctity of violence" (184).
Doing so certainly furthers Lynch's argument about the realization of an Arendtian public sphere in a Christian theology, but it's not clear how that argument might address current pressing questions about Samson Agonistes, such as questions of the poem's attitude toward women or toward non-Christian traditions and peoples.
But Samson Agonistes is also a crucial intertext: it shadows the quasi-Biblical nature of John Endicott's ruin of the May-Pole.
Where then does this place the thrice-marriedJohn Milton, whose so-called misogyny is often associated with Euripides's and who adapted the words of Euripides's Hippolytus and Jason for the Chorus's words in Samson Agonistes and for Adam's famous denunciation of females in Paradise Lost 10.
3) Samson Agonistes sneaks in under cover, leaving us again to wonder why Blake never illustrated it directly.
Un autre type de medication, les agonistes dopaminergiques, qui provoquent souvent moins de complications motrices, est souvent prescrit a ces patients (Jankovic et Stacy, 1999).
There are selections from the English poems, the English sonnets, Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes, and the Latin poems (in Shullenberger's translations).
Donnelly's Milton's Scriptural Reasoning takes on the challenge of understanding Milton's religiously informed use of "reason," mostly as it relates to his late masterpieces, Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, and Samson Agonistes.
Many readers have found similarly suggestive the name of Sweeney, the main character in three of the quatrain poems and the Sweeney Agonistes fragments as well as a bit player in The Waste Land, but there has been little consensus as to what the name might actually suggest.
Paul, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Twelfth Night, and The Tempest, as well as chapters on The Jew of Malta and Samson Agonistes (plus a reading of Sophocles' Antigone in her Twelfth Night chapter).
The same error occurs in reference to my 1991 book Agee and Actuality and also in a citation of Selected Literary Documents in Agee Agonistes (303).
The conjunction functions effectively if awkwardly to position Sherwood's humanistic readings of the work of Spenser (The Faerie Queene), Shakespeare (1 and 2 Henry IV and Henry V), Donne (poetry, letters, Pseudo-Martyr, Devotions, sermons), Jonson (Epigrams, poetry of compliment, Timber, The Forest, some plays), and Milton (particularly the prose pamphlets, Paradise Lost, Samson Agonistes, and Paradise Regained) in relation to the debate about early modern subjectivity.
How do we read a text like Samson Agonistes in the light of the 21st century where distinctions between father and mother, brother and brother, father/mother and child lose its character in collective madness.