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Lycidas.

Lycidas Poem by Milton, John, written in 1637 for inclusion in a volume of elegies published in 1638 to commemorate the death of Edward King, who had drowned in a shipwreck in August 1637. "Lycidas" mourns the loss of a virtuous and promising young man about to embark upon a career as a clergyman. Adopting the conventions of the classical pastoral elegy (Lycidas was a shepherd in Virgil's Eclogues), Milton muses on fame, the meaning of existence, and heavenly judgment.

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Publication:Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature
Article Type:Poem explanation
Date:Jan 1, 1995
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