Lycidas Analysis

Therefore, although this eloquent poem of one hundred and ninety-three lines may falsely appear to be written to remember the death of Lucidly, we must question his intrinsic sadness. Body 1- First, we can see that the speaker fears that because Lucidly died having no fame his own death will be unlamented as well, this causes him to write this poem in fear of lacking fame in mortality.

In the very first line we see that the speaker is uncomfortable with his expertise and experience with poetry. He begins saying: I corn to pluck your Berries harsh and crude, And with forced fingers rude From his use of words such as harsh, crude, and force we notice that in this setting the speaker seems unhappy. An obvious reading will show that the speaker is violently picking berries off of the plant before they are even ripe. In other words, he is picking the fruit too early.

He shows us early off that he egging in a position where he is uncomfortable and unhappy which is causing him to want to break out violently. This substance of poem, in this case, is the berry which is being picked too early. This speaker is not yet in a position with the talent to obtain fame. Body 2- Similarly, the idea that the speaker is not ready to write this elaborate poem plays into the speakers fear of his own death. The speaker starts off this way because he himself is not ready to write such profound poetry that will obtain him the fame that he desires.

The speaker is notes lucking fruit early, but he is forcing it off the stem in a violent manner. What would cause this? Because he is anxious. The speaker is pulling the berries off of the ivy because he is anxious for its ripping, he can not wait, or he is already anticipating its death so he takes it now. Either way, we see a glimpse of the sort of anxiety that the speaker possesses within the first 4 lines of the poem that mainly contributes to his fear of death. Conclusion: Whenever it comes to poetry there always seems to be multiple meanings within the text.

In John Million’s poem Lucidly, first reading of it would be to assume that the speaker is grieving the death of his friend. However, when we look closer into the text and do a close reading we can see through Million’s language that the reason he wrote this poem was not in fact to grieve the death of Lucidly but rather to purse a selfish cause. From what have explained we can see that Milton feared that because Lucidly died without fame he himself would die unlamented also-causing him to forcefully write this poem seeking immortal life through his poetry.