"Lycidas" is a pastoral elegy by early modern English poet John Milton. It was written in 1637 and first published in 1638 in a collection of elegies entitled Justa Edouardo King Naufrago. Milton's poem dramatizes the act of grieving over his recently deceased friend. Considered one of the most famous poems to come out of the early modern period, "Lycidas" interweaves personal emotion with political critique and meta-poetic awareness. It uses the elegiac form to explore themes of personal loss, the status of the English monarchy, and the career of the poet.
Imagery in "Lycidas"
"Lycidas," a poem written by John Milton as a memorial to Edward King, a classmate at Cambridge, reflects Milton's reverence for nature, his admiration of Greek Mythology, and h...