Comus


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Comus

(kō`məs), in late Roman legend, god of mirth and revelry. A follower of Dionysus, he was represented as a drunken youth bearing a torch. In Milton's poetic masque, Comus, he is the mischievous son of Bacchus and Circe.

Comus

hard-drinking god of festive mirth; whence, comic. [Gk. Myth.: Espy, 31]
See: Revelry
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It was to recite a piece from Milton's Comus, the Lady's speech rejecting Comus's temptation which ended: 'for swinish gluttony ne'er looks to heaven amidst his gorgeous feast.
A barmaid at his local pub, The Comus Inn, said: "Mark seemed perfectly normal.
Yesterday it emerged that Hobson was seen in his local, The Comus Inn in Camblesforth, near Selby, last Saturday, reading a survival manual.
In the interim, Comus International, a switch manufacturer, and Bethlehem Apparatus, a mercury recycler, are providing storage for the mercury collected from the "Switch the Switch" events.
Some reference to this would have been valuable in Lauren Shohet's essay on Comus, in which she finds in the rhetorically active Lady `the near-oxymoron of a Chastity who speaks', and in Marina Leslie's discussion of Cavendish's Assaulted and Pursued Chastity, in which the heroine's very forceful vanquishing of her attempted seducer with a gun may be seen as an extension of, rather than a departure from, the alarming vigour of the medieval virgin saint.
The Lady in Comus, for instance, "is not good because she does x; rather, x is good because she does it" while Satan in Paradise Lost is a typical liberal, enthroning his own will and choice as supreme and believing that ethical questions are open to rational debate.
New insights also abound in chapter 3, which focuses upon the masques and plays with which the composer was involved, most notably Milton's Comus.
Hobson discusses at some length the Comus illustrations, especially the third illustration, "The Brothers seen by Comus Plucking Grapes," and at first he shows a healthy scepticism towards the reading which has seen this illustration, especially in its earlier (Huntington) version as initiating a kind of "queer sequence": the brothers, according to this meaning, are up to no (perhaps homosexual) good, at least symbolically, and Comus is fascinated, aroused as he watches.
For the literary scholar, Milton's A Maske presented at Ludlow Castle (formerly best known as Comus and referred to as such by Walls), described as "the greatest literary legacy of the masque tradition" (290) will doubtless be an area of particular interest.
Each comedian, whether a celebrant of the Greek comus, a medieval French farceur, a Japanese kyogen practitioner, or an American vaudevillian, created his or her own method of evoking laughter.
Comus Bassington is followed into a room by a little black dog.
The project also aims to improve rural women~s inclusion and participation in the integrated rural development programs that COMUS runs.