He wanted to serve God profitably just like how the first and second servant had served their Lord in the parable. Paradise Lost is just that. On His Blindness by John Milton: Summary and Critical Analysis By unanimous consent 'On His Blindness' is Milton's best sonnet in which English poetic art attains a sublime height. God is complete and perfect. The basic premises are time and its cavalier indifference to individualistic attitude irrespective altogether.
His ability to write was threatened and, as a result, his relationship with God became complicated. Soon his doubt passes and faith in God returns. The one talent of writing which he had, is useless now because without eyesight he cannot write. The poetical works of John Milton: with notes of various authors 3 vols. Since it a sonnet, it would also follow that the poem is an example of a lyric poetry. As a biblical scholar Milton was familiar with the texts of the bible and chose to reference, The Parable of Talents from Matthew 25, here. When the lord returns, he's happy with the first two servants and gives them more responsibilities, but furious with the third servant.
Like Milton's other religious poetry, the purpose is to decide what a person's relationship with God and his or her role on Earth should look like. This would allow the animals to be directed around the field. Again, the primacy of experience is found within the dark. Furthermore, Milton uses personification to express the importance of words and values. His blindness created a shrouded clarity within his mind. Has he used it wisely, or did he fritter it away because he thought it would never run out? Note that Milton allows his grumbling tone to show first, and then qualifies his own attitude as foolish.
The problem is, does God require the service of man? Patience is an important virtue because it is due to this that we achieved the others. His ambition was the highest that any writer of that time could have and he has afraid that with his blindness he would no be able to write great poetry which he long cherished. The poem is in a traditional sonnet form and employs figurative language to illustrate Milton's ideas. Milton worked diligently to write and print pamphlets for Cromwell. There is more than one way to serve God, and patience is telling the poet that even his waiting or the apparent inaction caused by his blindness can be a kind of service if it meets the criterion of lines 10-11, to bear the yoke well.
The remaining lines, marked with a grammatical pause at the end of each couplet, follow the poetic practice of end-stopped couplets. It is a subordinate clause that opens a box of ideas on what could follow. He fears that, because of his blindness, he will never be able to put his talent to the use God intends. If one carpenter becomes severely disabled and cannot make even a single chair, he remains worthy in the sight of God. Line 6 This line may refer to the second coming of Christ or to the judgement. Oddly, he wrote his greatest works. Thus, in the end, the poet is quite satisfied as he is also serving God just by keeping patience.
Interestingly, Milton makes it seem as if the world has run out of light, rather than growing dark because of any blindness on his part. It is interesting instead for its many enjambments, the running over of one line into another, which might be said to make the lines hurry along. Scott Fitzgerald and Arthur Rimbaud, while most others published their epic works in later years. On the other hand, there are some other angels also who serve Him just by standing and waiting before God. Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best.
Duty and submissiveness are the ideas towards the end of the poem. However, the follow-up of the first line came only until the seventh and eight line. The supportive details, structure, form, and richness of context embodies the theme. A bent soul is a metaphor to express the eagerness of the soul to serve its Maker constantly. The poem is considered to be a sonnet. Less than one percent of women. The poet is also convinced that his blindness and the wait to meet and serve the God must also be by His orders and that he must abide by them.
It's not how much you have to show for your time on earth that counts, it's how you handle your submission to God. It's the intent and the grace with which one deals with hardship that counts: Who best Bear his milde yoak, they serve him best. Patience is personified in the sonnet as the one advising Milton regarding his dilemma. What God wants, according to the sonnet, is for man to deal gracefully with what happens to him in life. Theme While the poem discusses Milton's blindness, his condition is used to explore his faith. The rhyming patterns are coherent with diverging belief systems. Milton is suggesting that he got a bad deal.
But then, the question comes to his mind-Does God demand service even from a blind man? The last six lines end with an end rhyme pattern of abc…abc. Furthering his academic woes was his friction with his teacher, resulting in academic dismissal. It is used to introduce the answer towards his questioning. From lines one to eight, the end rhyme pattern is abba…abba. In this specific poem it is very likely that the speaker is identical with the author because Milton became entirely blind shortly before he wrote this sonnet in 1652 Bradford 88.