At a glance:
- Author: John Milton
- First Published: 1638
- Type of Work: Poetry
- Type of Plot: Pastoral elegy
- Genres: Poetry, Elegy
- Subjects: Friendship, Poetry or poets, England or English people, Christianity, Death or dying, Gods or goddesses, Bereavement or grief, Clergy, Mortality, Angels
John Milton wrote “Lycidas,” considered the greatest poem of its type in English, near the start of his literary career, when he was invited to contribute to Justa Edouardo King (1638), a volume of poems commemorating Edward King (called “Lycidas” in the poem), whom he had known as a classmate at Cambridge University. King had drowned while traveling on the Irish Sea. The two had not been close friends, and Milton chose the formal structures of the pastoral elegy not only to honor King but also to examine issues that concerned Milton himself as he...
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