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pastoral idyll; title means the cheerful or merry one. [Br. Lit.: “L’Allegro” in Benét, 24–25]
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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.
'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.
The final five chapters explore English-language works by Handel, including two on L'allegro, itpenseroso ed it moderato, by Ruth Smith and Matthew Badham, which provide complementary views that are most informative.
La seconda ripete il largo ed il lento, e finisce con l'allegro dell'Amen.
This group, our outsetting Story-Teller eagerly wishes to join, identifying his credential as that of "an itinerant novelist," and professing this as his "vocation"; or else he has been "born in vain." Self-consciously echoing "L'Allegro"--and predicting the tale that, for all its provincial limitations, might be called "Hawthorne's Milton"--he begs permission to join the general company: "Mirth," as he addresses the young singer/dancer about whom he has been fantasizing, "Mirth, admit me to thy crew." And so it happens.
According to the National Puzzlers League, the alternade was introduced by L'Allegro just over 100 years ago in the June 1917 edition of The Eastern Puzzler.
Teskey deals at length with L'Allegro and Il Penseroso.
The name Lydia suggests hedonism: recall Milton's line "lap me in soft Lydian airs" (though Doody does quote Dryden instead of "L'Allegro").
L'essence du mouvement semble, d'ailleurs, resider dans cette alternance entre le grave initial et l'allegro molto.
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.
"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).