Describe the religious and pastoral elements in Milton's 'Lycidas'.

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This is very definitely a fine example of pastoral poetry through the repeated reference to nature that Milton employs throughout the poem. However, it is also important to understand how Milton uses the genre of pastoral poetry for his own purposes, making it clear that the pastoral setting establishes an allegorical meaning that draws the reader's attention to the issues faced in his time and context. He does this through not solely relying on the motif of Greek and Roman mythology but also adding more domestic gods, who lie closer to home. For example, Camus, the god of...

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