Spotlight Poetry – Lycidas (Flowers for a Funeral – Excerpt) – Poem of the day by John Milton

The image depicts a painting titled A Disaster at Sea by the artist Joseph Mallord William Turner. The work is a haunting seascape painting. The works shows the sinking of a sailing ship caught in the embrace of a swirling storm.The image supports the poem Lycidas (excerpt) written by the poet John Milton.
© Joseph Mallord William Turner, A Disaster at Sea, c.1835

Lycidas – (Flowers for a Funeral – Excerpt) – by John Milton

Ye valleys low, where the mild whispers use
Of shades and wanton winds, and gushing brooks,

On whose fresh lap the swart star sparely looks,
Throw hither all your quaint enamel’d eyes,
That on the green turf suck the honied showers
And purple all the ground with vernal flowers.

Bring the rathe primrose that forsaken dies,
The tufted crow-toe, and pale jessamine,
The white pink, and the pansy freak’d with jet,
The glowing violet,

The musk-rose, and the well attir’d woodbine,
With cowslips wan that hang the pensive head,
And every flower that sad embroidery wears;
Bid amaranthus all his beauty shed,

And daffadillies fill their cups with tears,
To strew the laureate hearse where Lycid lies.

Poem Attribution © John Milton, Lycidas (Flowers for a Funeral-Excerpt)

Source Attribution https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44733/lycidas

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Painting Attribution © Joseph Mallord William Turner, A Disaster at Sea, c.1835

Source Attribution https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/turner-a-disaster-at-sea-n00558

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