How would you justify the digressions in Lycidas?

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In all his poetry, Milton leans toward the "meta." Throughout his work, we see him thinking about his role as a poet, as an inspirational voice and as one who seeks to take his place among the most esteemed poets. Quite often, his work offers a meditation on the anxiety that he may not reach his goal, that he may have started too late on his poetic quest, or that he will be cut off—by blindness or death itself—before he has immortalized himself.

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