Delpini was the first of the siblings to die, sending Lycidas in a fiery rage. Now, Lycidas, the shepherds weep no more; Henceforth thou art the Genius of the shore, In thy large recompense, and shalt be good To all that wander in that perilous flood. Did you notice how line 43 ends with the phase "no more be seen"? In Milton’s questioning of the Muse, he begins to uncover the cruelty of life and its unfair fleeting nature. I too shall die one day and want someone to sing for me. He disintegrated both of the empty husks that used to be his parents, and died soon after from his wounds. Poor plants. The poem keeps repeating the fact that Lycidas (King) is dead, almost as if the speaker were trying to convince himself that it was really true. When King drowned at sea in 1637, Milton was shocked and sad. So Lycidas sunk low, but mounted high, through the dear might of him that walked the waves . He did not care for his sister, or his parents… he simply marched. Milton then begins to pose questions to the Muse, asking why did he allow his friend to die, and could the muse do anything. When next he would wake, his will would not be his own, and all he would know was rage and hunger. What is Lycidas About and Why Should I Care? Undeath . Moreover, Lycidas and I grew up and made poetry together, to the delight of many. The poem is just under 200 lines long. He speaks of Lycidas in Heaven, where all tears are wiped from his eyes, and closes with the image of the shepherd, his mourning for Lycidas ended, arising and going on his way comforted. Lycidas has died in his prime, in his youth and the world has lost a fine poet. Just imagine how John Milton would have felt to have a close friend die so young. What Happens in “Lycidas” 1–5 The poet complains that he is unready (= “denial vain, and coy excuse”) 6–36 No matter, Lycidas was a poet and his death must not pass without song. For a second (before we get to the next line), it appears that the plants have disappeared entirely as a result of Lycidas' death. Since, Lycidas drowned at sea and cannot have a proper burial, Milton here uses the metaphor “watery bier,” a bier is frame on which a coffin is kept before burial. He does not question that Lycidas was loved, so his crisis of faith did not go so far as to wonder whether there was a kind of divine power who loves humanity. These question begin to uncover life and perhaps if it has any overarching meaning. He firmly believes that it true, but that to Milton does not answer why people like Edward King are allowed to die young. Even though it turns out they're still there, they seem strangely lifeless, with no reason to move their "leaves."