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by John Milton


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With its wonky syntax, obscure classical allusions, and confusing vocabulary, "Lycidas" makes for a tough and tricky read. Our man Milton was practically a legend when it came to making long, complicated, downright exhausting sentences. And as for those allusions, well, Milton is a fan of obscure ones. But if you're willing to spend some time sifting for verbs and searching for gods in Shmoop's mythology section, you'll find this poem well worth the effort. Oh, and you might want to have a dictionary handy for those more unfamiliar words (what in the world does "gadding" mean, anyway?).

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