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What is the theme in "On His Blindness" by John Milton ?  

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dajoeking | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted February 14, 2012 at 12:40 AM via web

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What is the theme in "On His Blindness" by John Milton ?

 

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 14, 2012 at 1:29 AM (Answer #1)

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Milton is asking himself what purpose he can have in life, now that he is completely blind. He was a deeply religious man and believed that the purpose of life was to serve God, which was what he had always tried to do. His way of serving God was to write poetry and essays on religious subjects or at least to write nothing but what he considered to be the truths that God would approve of. Milton's most famous work, of course, is his epic poem Paradise Lost, in which he said he wished to justify the ways of God to man. But being blind made it nearly impossible for him to write. That was "the one talent" he possessed. In his sonnet "On His Blindness" he asks whether God expected him to contribute anything to the world in spite of his severa handicap. He concludes by telling himself that God is all-powerful and does not need the services of any human being. His state is kingly. Humans who are patient and humble serve God best--those "who best bear His mild yoke." So Milton asssures himself that he is not sinning by failing to work for truth, justice, and religious understanding. The final beautiful iambic pentameter line of the sonnet summarizes the message of the whole poem: "They also serve who only stand and wait."

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renoa | Elementary School Teacher | Salutatorian

Posted June 12, 2012 at 1:58 PM (Answer #2)

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Themes

 

Inner conflict

This poem shows the inner conflict of a man who had wished to do his best to serve God by his writings. But he couldn't complete that because he became a blind . Milton is a deeply religious man and being unable to write this created an inner conflict inside of him.

 

The spiritual light

 “light” is important to the poet not only for his sight but also for his inner light . the spiritual light is the same as the light of life. Although he lost the light of his eyes but he still alive with his inner light that supported him and gave him power.

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