Written true to real and natural human thinking...of what size each one of us in this vast macrocosm...everything is godly under His disposal...so better to wait...and I like these lines
' 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, lest he returning chide, '...excellent
was dat really our purpose? wat a pity, , we lived this short, painful, tiring, never ending it seems sometimes, , , but its the best ive got, , and i dont think living an endless life after that would be this GREAT! , , even if its wid the so called saviuor, , ide rather live wid my mother hu sacrificed part of her life for me, or my friends hus always there for me, , if it is really 1 of my purpose it wud be the least id do
I cannot agree more with Ian. This 'blind' poet has sharper eyes that those who rate him less than 10. Any line from this poet at all times will send me to sleep well anywhere any time. There is a message here for both the abled and the differently abled. John Milton has taught me to stand and wait. May his sould find peace with his Maker upon whom he now waits...
Of all the poets in the English language none had greater literary ambition than John Milton. In his massive 12 book epic 'Paradise Lost' he sought to depict both the Creation and Man's fall, with the aim, as he put it, 'to justify God's work to Man'. That he he did not entirely succeed in doing so is part of the history of Western civilization. Most modern readers see this 'little' piece as being rather a poignant reaction to a great personal tragedy, but it is much more than that. It is typical of Milton that it is a perfect Petrarchan sonnet, a form little used in English verse (Shakespeare's sonnets use a different form) . The Petrarchan sonnet was traditionally associated with love poetry and it is entirely appropriate that Milton should express his love of, and submission to God in this form. This immaculate piece of verse perfectly illustrates the difference between classical and romantic (and modern) literature. The final line has entered the language in the way that few other than Shakespeare's have.
A profound poem on his blindness. It shows his complaint, but also the way out; to serve God the best he can with his disability, and to wait on God's timing. This beautiful poem demonstrates his faith. and shows how that faith gives him purpose and light, even in his darkness.