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Lessons on Business from “Lycidas”

Three poets changed how I see the universe: Boethius, Dante and Milton.

John Milton is acclaimed as the greatest poet in the English language. I agree. If you ever want to dive into an incredible epic read “Paradise Lost”. His poetry is profound. Apart from scripture and Jimmy Buffett lyrics, Milton’s poetry is the only I have committed to memory. And yes, some Buffett lyrics are profound as well.

One of the great poems of Milton is, “Lycidas”. Milton was commissioned to write the piece upon the death of one of his classmates, Edward King. King drowned while traveling on the Irish Sea. The poem is as much about the death of King as it was Milton and Anglican Church issues. Within the poem are some great lessons on life that we can apply. I encourage you to read the poem and consider the lessons from Milton.