A detailed analysis of John Milton’s elegy “Lycidas,” but one which does not lose your students in the labyrinth of the footnotes typically attached to this brilliant poem, which deals with a basic situation in life most relevant to young people, the death of an equally young friend. My handout, which has blanks your students can fill I, allows you to introduce briefly the biographical occasion of the poem and the conventions of the classical elegy, which the young Milton chose to confront this catastrophe in his own life. The major section of the handout examines the structure of the poem, which students can work on by themselves. Afterward, they can compare their answers in small groups and fill in responses to the section on the major themes of the poem. The last section deals with imagery and metrics in the elegy, which with your facilitation, students can complete. This handout may also be used as a homework assignment or even as a basis for a lecture. An answer key is provided on a separate page at the end of the handout. Prepared by Professor William Tarvin, Ph.D., who has published many articles on literature in scholarly journals.