DISCUSS THE ELEMENTS OF PASTORAL ELERGY WITH REFERENCE TO MILTON'S "LYCIDAS."

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Lycidas is considered to be the archetypal pastoral elegy in English; as a result, it embodies many of the characteristics of the pastoral.  One of the major pastoral elements of the poem is that Milton disguises himself and Edward King (the friend for whom the poem was written) as "swains," or shepherds.  Milton likens their life together at Cambridge to the life of the...

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