| Quote #4
Look homeward angel now, and melt with ruth (163)
If this angel is Lycidas, does this mean he has to mourn his own death? There are other places in the poem (166 especially) where the speaker seems to imply that Lycidas should continue to be sorrowful. Why might that be?
| Quote #5
Weep no more, woeful shepherds weep no more,
The speaker tells the shepherds to stop being so sad, because Lycidas isn't dead. Nope, he is just reborn in heaven. That's not so sad at all, right?
| Quote #6
There entertain him all the saints above,
This passage picks up the themes from lines 165-171, where it isn't clear exactly what the word "sorrow" refers to. In this passage, "forever" is ambiguous, suggesting both cessation – Lycidas' tears have been wiped away for good – and continuance, as if the "saints" were wiping Lycidas' tears for all time. How do you read it?