Justa Edovardo King: Reproduced from the Original Edition, 1638

Justa Edovardo King: Reproduced from the Original Edition, 1638

Justa Edovardo King: Reproduced from the Original Edition, 1638

Justa Edovardo King: Reproduced from the Original Edition, 1638

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Edward King lives through Lycidas. Yet Milton was not alone among the friends of King in attempting to ensure immortality to a brother poet. The present volume indicates twenty-six others, at the very least, and the reader may decide for himself the vitality of each set of verses, determining anew whether it was an idle boast on the part of Milton that his style, "by certain vital signs it had, was likely to live." This facsimile, then, offers to the general reader of seventeenth-century literature three opportunities in criticism: first, of viewing Lycidas in its original medium; second, of studying the poetical genre of the elegy as practised in the mid-century; and third, of performing post-mortem upon certain poetical efforts that the world, justly or not, has let die.

The story of Edward King (1612-1637) takes on general importance only with his tragic death at the age of twenty-five. Born at Boyle, county of Connaught, Ireland, of an influential family, formerly of Northallerton, Yorkshire, King was educated chiefly in England: first, presumably in London under the celebrated Thomas Farnaby and, from 1626, at Christ's College, Cambridge. King received his B.A. degree in 1630, his M.A. in 1633, and then proceeded to prepare himself for entering the ministry. His popularity at . . .

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