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Lecture 6 - Lycidas << previous session | next session >> Overview: Milton's poem Lycidas is discussed as an example of pastoral elegy and one of Milton's first forays into theodicy. The poetic speaker's preoccupation with questions of immortality and reward, especially for poets and virgins, is probed. The Christian elements of the poem's dilemma are addressed, while the solution to the speaker's crisis is characterized as erotic and oddly paganistic, pointing towards the heterodox nature of much of Milton's thinking. Reading assignment: John Milton. Complete Poems and Major Prose. (Hughes): Lycidas (1637), pp. 116-25 Manso (1638), pp. 127-30 Epitaphium Damonis (1639-40), pp. 132-39 Sonnet VIII: "When the Assault" (1642), p. 140 Additional reading: Milton, John. "To Charles Diodati" (1637). In John Milton: a Critical Edition of the Major Works
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2012 for the course ENGL 220 taught by Professor Rogers during the Fall '08 term at Yale.

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