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Elizabeth Stevens Milton Professor Baumel 21 September 2004 More often than necessary the speaker makes several comments about how water plays an important role in sadness and death Typically water can be compared to tears of sadness andor joy The speaker uses this comparison and contrast to explain both the tradgedy and triumph of the death of Lycidas The water imagery fountain flood sea waves of the seventh stanza recall Kings death in the chilly waters of the Irish Sea The speaker is angry and wishes to find a scapegoat to put the blame on for Lycidas dying However Neptune and other aquatic deities deny any responsibility for the death and the speaker is obliged to place the blame on the fatal and perfidious bark Built in theclipse and rigged with curses dark The ship is a metaphor for the soul condemned by original sin to suffer death The poet laments not specifically Kings death but the common death of all with particular reference to his own fate In line 150 Milton makes a reference to daffadillies filling their cups with tears Not only is this a reference to water but to sadness as well Tears are a product of sadness The ltA TITLEClick for more information about flowers STYLEtext-decoration none border-bottom medium solid green HREFhttpsearchtargetwordscomusearchx59771flowersAA1VDwgtflowersltAgt are mourning the death of a dear friend Myabe Milton is comparing himself the writer to the flower The beauty is no longer apparent in the flower when all the reader and the speaker can identify about the flower is the fact that it is filled with tears Towards the end of the poem the writer tells the audience not to weep Although Lycidas lies in a watery grave beneath the ocean he is still alive in memory He has sunk low to the bottom of the ocean but he has been put high upon a pedastool for all to see and admire
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