Lecture 6 - Lycidas << previous session| next session >>Overview:Milton's poem Lycidasis discussed as an example of pastoral elegy and one of Milton's first forays intotheodicy. The poetic speaker's preoccupation with questions of immortality and reward, especially for poetsand virgins, is probed. The Christian elements of the poem's dilemma are addressed, while the solution to thespeaker's crisis is characterized as erotic and oddly paganistic, pointing towards the heterodox nature of muchof Milton's thinking.Reading assignment:John Milton. Complete Poems and Major Prose. (Hughes):Lycidas(1637), pp. 116-25Manso(1638), pp. 127-30Epitaphium Damonis(1639-40), pp. 132-39Sonnet VIII: "When the Assault" (1642), p. 140Additional reading:Milton, John. "To Charles Diodati" (1637). In John Milton: a Critical Edition of the Major Works
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