Explanation of L’Allegro
The poems “Allegro” and “II Penrose” are greatly related because of the night-day qualities that Milton presents. “Alleged’ represents more of a care-free life, whereas “II Penrose” represents more of a quiet, reserved life, such as the one Milton lived. At the beginning of each poem, each of them reflect on each other’s premise, then going on to their own qualities. Both of the poems seem like they could come from deferent people, staying very central and positive on their own thoughts.
In this assay, an explanation will be done on the mall points of Million’s Joyous poem, “Allegro”. Firstly, the Introduction of “Allegro’ talks about the underworld, which suggests that depression will send you to the underworld prematurely. To counteract this fate, Milton gives examples of Greek Gods who represent Joy and fertility, which would suggest these same characteristics In life. In the beginning of the second section, Milton refers to Powerhouse, the other two Graces, Venus, and Bacchus, who are all offspring of Zeus, representing an erotic lifestyle.
The Gods and Goddesses mentioned represent indulgences in life, which would include the ability to free oneself through wine and concentrating on beauty rather than mental stimulation. Milton references to Have, the Goddess of Youth, who is another child of Zeus and would suggest the prime of life and utilizing this opportunity. Focusing mainly on Powerhouse, she is supposed to be the incarnation of grace and beauty, and known as the Goddess of Joy and Mirth. Milton mentions Zephyr and Aurora to represent the warm West wind and the dawn, which opposes the thoughts of night and the East idée of Eden.
The East side is the way in to Eden, as well as the bad way out, and night would be the time when you be alone, sleeping, and also represents death. Milton writes about Making, which is usually the act of women dancing around a Maypole and looking for men. This would promote the notion of youthfulness, jollity and fertility, which would be a positive situation and goal for life. Another situation that Milton set up is the one with Cordon and Thirsts, who seem to live sweet, attractive lives in their cottage, handing off their work to the hired help.
The words that Milton uses in with this couple are pleasant and tempting because of the happiness implied in the powerful words such as “delight”, “merry’, “youth”, and “dancing”. This creates a strong sense of ease with the audience, making an attraction to this lifestyle. Throughout the entire poem, Milton gives examples supporting this lifestyle, defending this proposition, and It Is only In the last paragraph that Milton attacks the opposition. He uses the story of Orpheus and Eurydice as a shot against living a melancholic life, saying that by looking back on hinges will lead to loss and melancholy.
Therefore Milton uses “Allegro” to represent a prosperous existence, asking for support from the Goddess of Mirth to live a happy and joyous life. Therefore, “Leggier&’ focuses mainly on indulging on the sweetness of life, relating to godly figures, altogether avoiding the melancholy of life. Milton provides both conclusion, though these two poems have very different premises, the point of these poems may be to show that there needs to be a balance between these two extremes.