On His Blindness


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On His Blindness

Castillo, Mary Elizah D. Letrondo, Angel Joy R. John Milton's eyesight began to fail in By , he was totally blind. Oddly, he wrote his greatest works. Why was the poem written? It is said to be written on , the time in which the poet suffered complete blindness.

The poem is considered to be a sonnet. In structure, the sonnet is a typical Petrarchan sonnet. Nevertheless, its subject matter departs from that of Petrarchan poems. While Petrarca was famous for writing poems about love, Milton deals with very practical and physical problem but still contain many spiritual implications. Who best Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best.

On His Blindness by John Milton

As a man without light, he now lives in a world that is both "dark and wide. 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 a subordinate clause that opens a box of ideas on what could follow. However, the follow-up of the first line came only until the seventh and eight line. Milton went completely blind at the age of This "talent" is "lodged" or buried within the speaker just like the money in the story, "The Parable of Talents. To the contrary, his soul desires is "bent" to use his skills in the service of his "Maker," God.

And if God is anything like the lord from the parable, the speaker could get cast into a darkness even more fearful than the one created by his blindness. Line analysis "Doth God exact day-labour, light denied? By , he was totally blind. Oddly, he wrote his greatest works, Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained , after he became blind. Many scholars rank Milton as second only to Shakespeare in poetic ability.

[On His Blindness] Sonnet 16

When I consider how my light is spent 1 Ere half my days 2 in this dark world and wide And that one talent 3 which is death to hide Lodged with me useless , 4 though my soul more bent To serve therewith 5 my Maker, and present My true account , 6 lest he returning chide; "Doth God exact 7 day labor, light denied? But Patience , 9 to prevent That murmur, soon replies,. His state Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed,. And post 12 o'er land and ocean without rest; They also serve who only stand and wait.

Ere half my days : Before half my life is over. Milton was completely blind by , the year he turned Patience : Milton personifies patience, capitalizing it and having it speak. He requires nothing outside of Himself to exist and be happy. Examples of Figures of Speech. The author compares his soul to his mind. Paradox : They also serve who only stand and wait.

Origin of the Sonnet Form. The sonnet form originated in Sicily in the thirteenth Century with Giacomo da Lentino , a lawyer. Some authorities credit another Italian, Guittone d'Arezzo , with originating the sonnet. The English word "sonnet" comes from the Italian word "sonetto," meaning "little song. The Italian poet Petrarch , a Roman Catholic priest, popularized the sonnet form. Other popular Italian sonneteers were Dante Alighieri , Italy's most famous and most accomplished writer, and Guido Cavalcante Petrarch's sonnets each consist of an eight-line stanza octave and a six-line stanza sestet.

The first stanza presents a theme, and the second stanza develops it. Sonnets written in this format by later poets came to be known as Petrarchan sonnets. They translated Italian sonnets into English and wrote sonnets of their own. Surrey introduced blank verse into the English language in his translation of the Aeneid of Vergil. Wyatt and Surrey sometimes replaced Petrarch's scheme of an eight-line stanza and a six-line stanza with three four-line stanzas and a two-line conclusion known as a couplet. Shakespeare adopted the latter scheme in his sonnets, and this form came to be known as the Shakespearean sonnet.

In Italy, England, and elsewhere between the thirteenth and early sixteenth Centuries, the most common theme of sonnets was love. Sonnets in later times also focused on religion, politics, and other concerns of the reading public. Study Questions and Essay Topics. Write an essay that provides examples of people who exemplify the last line of the poem. Research the life of John Milton. Then write an essay describing the methods he used to compose his poetry when he was blind.

Another famous man, Ludwig van Beethoven, composed great symphonies after he became deaf.

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