Essay on Lycidas

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The Great Die Young
In the pastoral elegy, Lycidas by John Milton, the author uses plants and flowers to set the mood of the story and express his sorrows for his lost friend Edward King. The quote, “Live your life to the fullest because you never know if your going to wake up the next morning” describes Milton’s idea that anything could happen at a given instant and nothing is certain. Milton is grieving over his lost friend and uses plants and flowers to represent the mood he is feeling. Edward King’s death has many similarities with plants, since he died prematurely at a young age. Milton uses imagery to let his readers picture the setting as he talks about the death of Edward King. Milton’s Lycidas sets the mood in the opening
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This represents the woods mourning Edward King’s death and shows Milton’s audience how important Milton’s friend was to the world. This also represents out devastating the loss was because of how young his friend was. Milton also uses simile when talking about Edward King’s death. He explains death as affecting such as a disease. Milton compares Edward King to roses and his unaware death to a disease. “As killing as the canker to the rose, Or taint-worm to the weanling herds that graze, Or frost to flowers that their gay wardrobe wear When first the white-thorn blows; Such, Lycidas, thy loss to shepherd’s ear.
Milton compares the news of King’s death, “as killing as the canker to the rose.” This again is explaining King’s death as an early and unprepared death. People with cancer usually die early in their lifetime and aren’t ready for it. Milton also compares his friend’s death to the effects of “frost to flowers.” Again, when flowers develop frost from an early cold spring night, they tend to die tragically and prematurely such as Edward King. Later on in Lycidas, Milton compares King’s fame to plant soil. Milton expresses throughout Lycidas that Edward King would have been a brilliant writer and would have been famous if he lived longer. “Nor in the glistering foil Set off to th’ world, nor in broad rumor lies, … And perfect witness of all-judging Jove; As he pronounces lastly on

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