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In what ways is Milton's "Lycidas" a pastoral elegy?

"Lycidas" is an elegy in that it is a poem that laments its subject's death. And it's a pastoral elegy in that it's set among an idealized rural landscape full of nymphs, muses, and sundry other...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2019 3:14 pm UTC

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What is the meaning of Milton's famous line, "That last infirmity of noble mind"?

The poem is an elegy to Milton's friend Edward King, who drowned while young. It is also a pastoral elegy, placed in a rural setting. In it, King is envisaged as having been a shepherd living in...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2019 2:57 pm UTC

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How would you justify the digressions in Lycidas?

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...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2019 10:01 pm UTC

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What does Milton meant by "two-handed engine" in "Lycidas"? Write a short note .

There have been many guesses made about the meaning of the "Two-handed engine" in Milton's "Lycidas." It seems likely that some analysts have looked too far for the answer and that it might be...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2015 11:16 pm UTC

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Examine Lycidas by Milton as a pastoral elegy.

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Latest answer posted August 6, 2011 11:50 am UTC

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I need  analyze these quotes from Milton's poem "Lycidas." Quote #1 "Fame is no plant that grows on mortal soil" Line...

John Milton in the poem, "Lycidas," is lamenting the loss of a friend (Edward King, a classmate) who drowned. Milton is considered the second most important English poet. With all those who had...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2011 1:27 am UTC

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In John Milton's poem "Lycidas," how does Milton compare and contrast Christian and pagan notions of fame?

In his pastoral elegy titled “Lycidas,” John Milton explores both pagan and Christian notions of fame, ultimately advocating the latter as superior to the former. The mere fact that Milton writes a...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2011 6:36 am UTC

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what is the summary for milton's Lycidas  

"Lycidas" is a pastoral elegy or dirge written to honor a former classmate of Milton's at Cambridge who was drowned. The poem follows the conventions of the pastoral elegy: The speaker is a...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2012 1:56 pm UTC

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How does John Milton's attitude toward death in "Lycidas" compare to that of the speaker of Andrew Marvell's "To His...

In his famous pastoral elegy titled “Lycidas,” as in so many of this other works, John Milton treats the problem of death in Christian terms. The end of life on earth is merely the beginning of a...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2011 7:08 am UTC

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In what way is "Lycidas" by John Milton a pastoral elegy?

Pastoral verse essentially originated with the Greek poet Theocritus (ca. 275 BCE), who began the genre in part by observing and then putting to words the actions of shepherds as they guarded their...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2012 3:20 am UTC

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Why does John Milton's poem "Lycidas" rely so heavily on allusions, especially allusions to classical texts?

By the time John Milton composed his pastoral elegy titled “Lycidas,” English poetry had long been influenced by the Greek and Roman classics. This was especially true during the English...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2011 7:49 am UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2010 12:23 pm UTC

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The elegy is a conscious work of art and not a spontaneous expression of sorrow. Substantiate this claim with...

Milton's elegy for his friend Edward King, who drowned, shows conscious artistry rather than a spontaneous act of sorrow. A spontaneous act of sorrow would be an unthinking reaction to a death, in...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2020 12:13 am UTC

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What are some ways in which Milton uses religious and pastoral elements in his poem titled "Lycidas"?

Pastoral elements are important throughout John Milton’s poem titled “Lycidas,” but the combination of pastoral and religious elements becomes especially important beginning in line 76. In the...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2011 12:27 pm UTC

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Examine the elegiac elements in John Milton's pastoral elegy Lycidas.

Characteristics of an elegiac poem cover a broad spectrum of items. Milton's pastoral elegy Lycidas includes all the primary ones and a good number of the optional ones. Milton opens by employing...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2010 11:09 am UTC

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Critically evaluate 'Lycidas' as an elegy.

This famous pastoral elegy was written in response to the death of a friend of Milton's, Edward King, who drowned in 1637, as the introduction to this poem indicates. In a sense, this pastoral...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2013 6:46 am UTC

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What do literary critics say about John Milton's pastoral elegy "Lycidas"?

A general overview of the consensus of critical opinion, which seems to be rather uniform, is that John Milton's pastoral elegy Lycidas is a masterpiece for Milton and the most masterful example of...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2010 7:51 am UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2013 8:58 am UTC

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"Lycidas" offers a better synthesis of different thematic aspects than "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity." Discuss.

The answer to this question depends very much on how you view both poems and the concerns that Milton expresses within them. Arguably, both offer a strong thematic unity in what Milton hopes to...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2013 10:10 am UTC

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Is John Milton's poem "Lycidas" merely a personal lament for a dead friend or is it a poem of greater significance?

Edward King, the young fellow student at Cambridge University whose untimely death is lamented in John Milton’s elegy “Lycidas,” was apparently not a particularly close friend of the poet. Even if...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2011 11:49 am UTC

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What do laurels and myrtles stand for in "Lycidas"?

In the opening lines of Milton's "Lycidas," the speaker declares, "Yet once more, O ye laurels, and once more / Ye myrtles brown." The laurel leaves are symbolic of poetic accomplishment. This is...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2019 10:38 pm UTC

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How did John Milton envisioned the function of poetry in Lycidas? It has omething to do with moving from pastoral...

As James Sitar points out, the genre of Lycidas is complex. Genre encompasses the classifications of pastoral elegy and epic structures. The discussion of Milton's Lycidas having to do with "moving...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2010 6:54 am UTC

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Is 'Lycidas' merely a personal lament for a dead friend or a poem of greater significance?

It is absolutely clear that this poem is, whilst a very moving lament for a dead friend, a poem of much greater significance. Milton uses the occasion of his friend's death to raise much wider and...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2013 9:06 am UTC

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What are the classical elements in "Lycidas"?

Literary classicism refers to a style of writing that consciously follows the classical texts—specifically ancient Greek and Roman literature and philosophy. Literary classicism in Europe was part...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2019 9:29 am UTC

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What is the effect of the shift to third person/past tense (“thus sang”) in "Lycidas"?

For virtually the whole of “Lycidas,” Milton presents himself in the guise of a swain or shepherd. This is indeed precisely the same guise in which he's presented his late friend Edward King, the...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2020 2:32 pm UTC

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How does the narrator of "Lycidas" describe Heaven? Are there any particularly important features?

All Milton's poetry is steeped in classical scholarship. He is sometimes accused of writing English like a dead language and, indeed, was just as comfortable writing in Latin as in English....

Latest answer posted March 31, 2020 2:25 am UTC

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In "Lycidas," how does Milton illustrate the healing power of nature?

Lycidas has been tragically drowned at sea. In that sense, nature is responsible for his death. Yet the waves that sent the young swain to his untimely demise are utterly indifferent to human...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2020 5:13 pm UTC

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Which poem follows the terms and requirements of an elegy better, Lycidas or "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard"?

The essential characteristics of the elegy, which are: invoke the Muse express the shepherd's (or poet's) grief praise the dead inveigh against death tell the affects of death on a personified...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2010 12:18 pm UTC

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Identify at least three aspects of pastoralism in Lycidas and discuss to what extent Milton uses the conventions of...

The pastoral elegy will often represent death and an idyllic--rustic and untouched--setting. Pastoralism creates a feeling of nostalgia in readers, even if their experience is limited, for a...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2011 10:39 am UTC

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CRITICAL COMMENT WORTH 10 MARKS URGENTLY REQUIRED "How well could I have spared for thee, young swain, Enow of such...

It would help if we knew the full instructions for the assignment. "Lycidas" is a very sad poem. This is an example of a monody, where a poet laments a death. In this case, Mliton is sad because...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2011 12:29 am UTC

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Is  John Milton's poem "Lycidas" merely a personal lament for a dead friend or a poem of greater significance?

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Latest answer posted August 23, 2011 12:43 am UTC

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In this poem "Lycidas'" by John Milton. I need to analyze quote,show the key image, symbol and theme. the Quote is...

This is an excellent question, focusing in real detail on the actual phrasing of the poem. A key image in this line involves the reference to a “plant.” The plant image is appropriate to the...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2011 2:57 am UTC

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Is "Lycidas" by John Milton merely a personal lament for a dead friend or a poem of great importance?

[Part 3] The next two stanzas, nine and ten, return to lamenting Lycidas' death, bestowing a wealth of flowers on him and, in a final return to the Shepherd allusion, assuring that though Lycidas...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2010 5:52 am UTC

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Is Milton's Lycidas merely a personal lament for a dead friend or a poem of greater signficance?

"Lycidas" starts off as a lament for a dead friend, but then becomes a discussion about the nature of mortality, resulting in the understanding of how "there is always a plan." After the initial...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2009 8:53 pm UTC

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What are some religious and pastoral elements in John Milton's poem "Lycidas"? explain in detail

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Latest answer posted August 18, 2011 2:24 pm UTC

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I need to analyze and show key image, symbol or theme in Quote#171 "Flamesin the forehead of the morning sky:"

This is an excellent question, focusing in real detail on the actual phrasing of the poem. The image implied by the verb “Flames” is appropriate to the poem in various ways. For instance, the...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2011 3:10 am UTC

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