And before we can admire his great poem which he wrote later, we may love the beauty of L'Allegro, Il Penseroso, and Lycidas, which he wrote now.
L'Allegro and Il Penseroso are two poems which picture two moods in which the poet looks at life.
Il Penseroso pictures the thoughtful mood, or mood of gentle Melancholy.
The verse moves with even more stately measure than Il Penseroso.
In common with all the world, we have been much delighted with "The Shepherd's Hunting" by Withers--a poem partaking, in a remarkable degree, of the peculiarities of "Il Penseroso
." Speaking of Poesy the author says:
'L'Allegro' and 'Il Penseroso
' are idealized visions, in the tripping Elizabethan octosyllabic couplet, of the pleasures of suburban life viewed in moods respectively of light-hearted happiness and of reflection.
They include Rushneey River, Nortonthorpe Boy, Treaty Flyer and one that I have good cause to remember - Il Penseroso
Teskey deals at length with L'Allegro and Il Penseroso
. He points out that both poems deal with the poet's life independent of family ties (or any ties).
Back in 1988, choreographer Mark Morris created an enduring dance version of Handel's much later, allegorical L'Allegro, il Penseroso
ed il Moderato: here, dealing with a nymph, two shepherds, a giant, and the 18 Mark Morris Dancers, he didn't do quite so well.
: The Fat Lady" features the poet back on the road, this time I-95, which is "rushing / up too superreal like a movie-promo / before digital got finesse." An italicized stanza reveals her writerly frustrations:
"L'Allegro" and "Il Penseroso
" "set choices before the reader and invite the exercise of thoughtful choosing" (76); the stance of the Attendant Spirit at the end of A Mask "is a posture of invitation toward right choice" (85); and in "Lycidas" the poet "leaves room for the reader to respond to questions his rhetoric raises, to complete or interpret the gaps and ambiguities the poet creates" (88).
A scene set to Saint Ignatius's famous aria about "pigeons on the grass" finds six men strutting and flapping their arms, recalling the ornithological studies in Morris's LAllegro, il Penseroso
, ed il Moderato.