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(9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674 / London, England)

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On His Blindness

When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
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  • Ramesh T A (2/25/2010 1:21:00 AM)

    There is no point in lamenting or complaining about our short comings in life! For, God does not need any of our service or want anything from us as He is infinitely self-sufficient and self-reliant ever! Talented or not, bright or blind it is our duty to the best we can to prove our mettle before Him being worthy of ourselves being His creations! It is Milton's best example of his intellectual analysis and resolution that made him noble and great ever!

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  • Joseph Poewhit (2/25/2010 1:20:00 AM)

    Deep words on the state of mortal man and GOD. PURPOSE, in life seems to be Milton's contemplations. What is man's purpose before GOD? From talents to stoic mortals waiting, upon purpose before GOD.

  • Indira Renganathan (2/25/2010 12:36:00 AM)

    Written true to real and natural human thinking...of what size each one of us in this vast macrocosm...everything is godly under His 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

  • Glenn11 Austria (7/21/2009 6:54:00 AM)

    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

  • Kainwo Moses (6/17/2009 6:17:00 PM)

    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...

  • Ian Fraser (2/25/2009 9:12:00 PM)

    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.

  • Abigail Willemse (2/25/2009 6:47:00 PM)

    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.

  • Roshni D'Souza (2/25/2009 6:28:00 AM)

    What a great reminder of an eternal truth!

  • Prerak Bhatnagar (12/15/2008 11:07:00 AM)

    This poem is personal and contains incredible thought that God who is omnipotent omnipresent gives strength to bear the situations.

  • Edith Oram (2/25/2008 11:08:00 AM)

    This poem contains pain, comforting and highlights once again that all are equal in the sight of God. Some thought is necessary to decipher parts of the message. A good poem. Edith Oram

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