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On His Blindness

"On His Blindness" begins with a complaint, which Milton's speaker then amends and reframes. The speaker's "light is spent"—that is, he is blind—and blind man might reflect bitterly on his fate and...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2020 11:17 am UTC

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On His Blindness

In “On His Blindness,” Milton expresses the worry that his loss of sight means that he will no longer be able to serve God. Milton was a deeply devout Christian, so this was a very important...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2020 10:40 am UTC

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Essentially, these lines mean that those who are patient and bide their time waiting to be asked to do something are just as useful to God as those who are always rushing about in service of him...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2018 2:13 pm UTC

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John Milton wrote his magnum opus Paradise Lost to "justify the ways of God to men," as he states near the beginning of book I. On a smaller scale, the same could be said of the poem "On His...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2020 12:17 pm UTC

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On His Blindness

Milton is unhappy as the poem opens because his blindness makes it difficult for him to serve God in the way he would like. This is primarily through his writing. As Milton composes his sonnet,...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2020 11:54 am UTC

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On His Blindness

“On His Blindness” is written as a Petrarchan sonnet, with fourteen lines in two stanzas; the first, which has eight lines, is called the octave, and the second, of six lines, is the sestet. The...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2020 7:45 am UTC

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The idea that Milton seems to be expressing in the sonnet "On His Blindness" is that God is responsible for everything that happens and therefore He is responsible for Milton's blindness. God does...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2012 8:26 pm UTC

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Doth God exact day-labour, light denied? 'day-labour' is a reference to work performed during daylight hours. Since it was customary, and generally still is, to work during the day, Milton is...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2015 8:05 pm UTC

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According to the poem, those who serve God best are those who can bear his "milde yoak" patiently. To the poet, God does not need "man's work" or gifts; instead, God looks for humans to wear his...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2016 3:05 pm UTC

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On His Blindness

In this poem, Milton's speaker—generally understood to represent Milton himself—is expressing the dilemma with which he is wrestling now that he has gone blind. Milton did not actually title the...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2020 11:34 am UTC

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The speaker starts off in a sorrowful, almost self-pitying mood. He resents the fact that blindness has robbed him of the chance to use his talents to serve God. But then the allegorical figure of...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2019 11:16 am UTC

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In "On His Blindness," Milton alludes to the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14–30. In the parable, a rich man about to embark upon a journey entrusts his property to his three servants. While...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2019 7:16 am UTC

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The "murmur" is one which Milton, as the speaker, never actually voices—he describes it as the "true account" (which he often feels compelled to present to God) of how he feels, now that his...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2018 4:12 pm UTC

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That reference is found in these lines: When I consider how my light is spentEre half my days in this dark world and wide,And that one talent which is death to hideLodg'd with me useless . . . At...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2019 3:18 pm UTC

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The basic cause of Milton's lament is that he has always been a student, a reader and a writer, a literary man. Now that he is blind, he is unable to engage in the literary work which has given his...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2015 10:02 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2012 1:29 am UTC

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In "On His Blindness," the speaker, who represents Milton himself, begins by complaining that his blindness prevents him from serving God as he would wish with his talent. A personified figure of...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2020 12:06 pm UTC

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On His Blindness

The moral message conveyed by the poem "On His Blindness" is that God does not necessarily require our work or the exercise of our talents; it is those people who mostly willingly submit to God's...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2020 12:42 pm UTC

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On His Blindness

"On His Blindness" is an autobiographical poem that Milton wrote about losing his sight at a relatively young age. Writing much of his poetry about religion and Christian theology, Milton felt that...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2012 3:54 pm UTC

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On His Blindness

In "On His Blindness," the writer, John Milton, talks openly about losing his eyesight, an event which began in the 1640s as a result of his heavy workload. Milton was completely blind by 1652. In...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2017 8:57 am UTC

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On His Blindness

Milton's poem "On His Blindness" was first published in 1673, twenty-one years after the poet lost his sight completely. The poem is written as a Petrarchan sonnet, which means that a problem is...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2019 1:59 pm UTC

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"On His Blindness" uses the metaphor of light vs darkness to depict Milton's struggle with feelings of uselessness after going blind. The first line—"When I consider how my light is spent"—has the...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2018 8:28 pm UTC

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On His Blindness

In this sonnet, Milton laments at first the fact that the "one Talent which is death to hide" is now useless and dormant within him. The title gives us an indication as to why: because the poet is...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2018 9:21 am UTC

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On His Blindness

Milton is keen to continue serving God in his capacity as a great writer—yet he doesn't feel he's able to on account of his blindness. This makes him feel useless, as if he can no longer serve his...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2019 10:40 am UTC

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On His Blindness

In the octave of the sonnet "On His Blindness," Milton laments that being blind prevents him from serving God as effectively as he might otherwise have done. In the sestet, a personified figure of...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2020 11:14 am UTC

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On His Blindness

In "On His Blindness," Milton wants to emphasize the fact that those who serve God best are the ones who allow their fates to be yoked to his. In metaphorical terms, it is as if we were all part of...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2020 10:37 am UTC

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Milton's "one Talent" refers to his literary abilities. It is telling that Milton capitalizes "Talent" in the third line of "On His Blindness"; the word becomes a focal point of the beginning of...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2020 12:01 pm UTC

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Rhyme scheme is the term given to the pattern of end rhymes in a poem. To determine a poem's rhyme scheme, begin by assigning the letter A to the word at the end of the first line. Now look through...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2019 12:12 pm UTC

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On His Blindness

"On His Blindness" is one of Milton’s best-known sonnets, and it expresses the poet’s feelings on losing his sight and how this makes him feel about his innate talent. In the poem, Milton's...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2020 11:23 am UTC

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On His Blindness

John Milton's "On His Blindness" is a Petrarchan sonnet. These are also called Italian sonnets; they're the same thing. When you have to determine what kind of sonnet something is, the answer is...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2016 11:00 pm UTC

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The title of the John Milton poem now often referred to as "On His Blindness" was originally called "Sonnet 19" by Milton himself. When first published in a 1673 collection of poems (plainly titled...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2020 12:30 pm UTC

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On His Blindness

Milton's "On His Blindness" alludes to the biblical story of Jesus's parable of the talents, which is found in Matthew 25:14–30. In the parable, a master has three servants to whom he gives...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2020 4:23 pm UTC

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In this sonnet, the word "talent" refers to writing or poetic talent. At the start of the sonnet, Milton is lamenting that, because of his blindness, he cannot use his talent as a writer. This is...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2019 1:13 pm UTC

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An assignment asking you to paraphrase a poem is designed to encourage you to read a poem closely and put it in your own words. The first step in paraphrasing this poem is to work out how words are...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2015 12:45 pm UTC

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John Milton was born in 1608 and went blind in 1654. Milton probably wrote "On his Blindness" in 1655. It is an autobiographical poem reflecting on Milton's blindness. The octave poses the...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2016 4:08 pm UTC

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On His Blindness

John Milton's "On His Blindness" is an autobiographical poem in which Milton contemplates the loss of his sight. Given that he was not born blind, Milton knows what it is like to have sight and...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2013 9:33 pm UTC

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On His Blindness

John Milton's "On His Blindness" is written in the form of a Petrarchan sonnet, consisting of an eight-line octave rhymed ABBA ABBA and a sestet rhymed CDECDE. As is typical of the genre, the poem...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2016 3:33 pm UTC

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I will get you started on this and you can do the rest. As you know, Milton lost his sight and in this sonnet, he is lamenting its loss yet trying to console himself that his life still has...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2010 10:43 pm UTC

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The speaker, presumably Milton speaking as himself, desperately wants to use his talents to serve God. It is worth noting that Talents is capitalized, drawing visual attention to its significance....

Latest answer posted October 25, 2019 3:23 am UTC

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The speaker is initially unhappy with God for making him blind; he thinks this means he'll no longer be able to serve him. He's spent nearly half his life serving the Almighty through his God-given...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2019 4:11 am UTC

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The meter Milton uses in "On His Blindness" is iambic pentameter, which is the standard meter for sonnets. When determining meter, we first look at how the poet has crafted the flow of syllables....

Latest answer posted December 30, 2020 11:50 am UTC

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On His Blindness

In his poem "On His Blindness," sometimes referred to as "When I consider how my light is spent" (the first line of the poem), John Milton reflects on his gradual loss of his sight and what it...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019 9:18 pm UTC

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On His Blindness

The speaker in this poem is assumed to be Milton himself, and it is also widely speculated that the darkness in this poem represents Milton's blindness. In the first half of the poem, the speaker...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2019 12:17 am UTC

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On His Blindness

Like most of Milton's work, this sonnet is an expression of his religious faith. Milton was tormented by his blindness, and understandably so. Even in Paradise Lost he alludes to it, in a manner...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2019 5:15 am UTC

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In his poem “On His Blindness,” John Milton's speaker, a version of the poet himself, laments the loss of his sight. By the time Milton went blind at age forty-three, he was already well...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2020 8:05 pm UTC

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On His Blindness

John Milton's poem "On His Blindness" uses the word "light" for more than one purpose. At one level, the poem is often read as Milton's reaction to his loss of eyesight, which occurred when he was...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2020 12:01 pm UTC

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On His Blindness

In the octave of "On His Blindness," John Milton lays out the argument that is refuted by Patience in the sestet. His bitterness stems from his blindness, particularly the fact that his blindness...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2020 11:30 am UTC

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On His Blindness

"On His Blindness" is a sonnet written by Milton as a lament of sorts for his lost vision. Milton is contemplating the fact that he has been stricken with blindness, as the title implies, in a way...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2018 10:25 am UTC

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On His Blindness

The line you have included in the question is the final line of Milton's "When I Consider How My Light Is Spent (On His Blindness)," so in order to realize how Milton reaches that conclusion, we...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2018 1:52 am UTC

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Milton's "On His Blindness" is an Italian sonnet written in the first person. In this, Milton, a deeply religious writer, explores how he feels about his blindness in light of his religious faith....

Latest answer posted July 22, 2016 12:18 am UTC

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