Lecture 7 - Lycidas (cont.) << previous session| next session >>Overview:In this second lecture on Lycidas, moments of intrusion and revelation are closely examined. Saint Peter'sprotracted sermon is connected with the wider context of Puritan practices and controversies. The poem'stendency to suggest pairs and substitutions is duly noted. Finally, its conclusion is read as a triumphantmoment in the young Milton's poetry, at which point he parts with the claims of ill-preparedness and littleexperience that dominated the early poems and assumes instead a prophetic voice for himself akin to Isaiah's.Reading assignment:John Milton. Complete Poems and Major Prose.(Hughes):Lycidas(1637), pp. 116-25Re-read
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