This fragment of a verse drama, its title satirically referring to Milton's Samson Agonistes (1671), is included in the 1969 Complete Poems and Plays not as a play but as an ‘Unfinished Poem’. It is an irony that it is the most innovative and potentially the most theatrical of all Eliot's dramatic writing, like a bizarre piece of film noir with songs. However, the English stage, unlike the American and Irish, was hesitant to embrace the Expressionistic impulses coming from continental Europe, and Eliot's playwriting led him instead to the somewhat desiccated verse dramas for which he is now better known.
Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights).
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T. S. Eliot (1888—1965) poet, critic, and publisher