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On His Blindness

Poem Analysis
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Davin McCarthy

on 3 December 2012

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Transcript of On His Blindness

On His Blindness
By John Milton Octave:

WHEN I consider how my light is spent
E're half my days, in this dark world and wide,
And that one Talent which is death to hide,
Lodg'd with me useless, though my Soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, least he returning chide,
Doth God exact day-labour, light deny'd,
I fondly ask; But patience to prevent John Milton:

Born: December 9, 1608 in London, England
In 1625 he was admitted to Christ's College at Cambridge
He was a devoted Protestant
In the spring of 1642, Milton married Mary Powell. The marriage ended when she left him briefly after marrying him.
In February 1652, Milton lost his sight.
He remarried again in 1663
Died: November 8, 1674 John Milton Time Period:
English Civil War 1642-1648
Catholic Religion was in Power in England.
Milton helped to overturn the power from Catholic leadership to Protestant.
Served under the new Protestant leadership.
He Condemned royal tyranny
End of the Renaissance Paraphrase:
Milton reflects on how he is supposed to use his talent of writing to serve God. As he has become blind, he questions if his condition will keep him from pleasing God. Sestet:
That murmur, soon replies, God doth not need
Either man's work or his own gifts, who best
Bear his milde yoak, they serve him best, his State
Is Kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed
And post o're Land and Ocean without rest:
They also serve who only stand and waite. Paraphrase:
Milton realizes that in the grand scheme of things, he does not matter as much as he wants to believe he does. God will be happy with him if he utilizes his talent. By using his skills, he shows his loyalty to God. Thesis:
Milton expresses his anxiety and concern to present how his deteriorating condition hinders his incapability to serve God. First Body Paragraph

Topic Sentence:
Milton expresses his self-pity to show how his condition tampers with his ability to show off his talent.

Commentary:
Metaphor
Mathew 25 - "One Talent...Death to hide" (line 3).
Personification
"Light is spent" (line 1) Second Body Paragraph

Topic Sentence:
Milton wonders if God will become displeased with him for not utilizing his gifts.

Commentary:
Metaphor"Doth God exact day-labour, light deny'd" (Line 7).
Diction
"I fondly ask" (Line 8). Third Body Paragraph

Topic Sentence:
Patience helps to bring a sense of reason to Milton.

Commentary:
Personification
Patience "That murmur, soon replies" (line 9).
Metaphor
"Bear his milde yoak" (Line 11)
Diction
"His State is Kingly. Thousands at his bidding" (Line 11-12) Tone:
This poem has a benevolent tone because through the selection Milton exemplifies his goodwill toward everything he does to honor God. Thematic Statement

Through the poem, Milton shows faith and trust in God even when faced with adversity. Work Cited
http://www.bartleby.com/101/318.html
http://www.poetsgraves.co.uk/milton.htm
http://www.collaborativepractice.com/practiceGroupByCountry.asp?country=England
http://www.oneyearbibleblog.com/
http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/milton/miltonbio.htm Petrarchan sonnet
Rhyme Scheme: ABBAABBA CDECDE
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