John Milton

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

On His Blindness - Poem by John Milton

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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Comments about On His Blindness by John Milton

  • 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. (Report) Reply

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  • 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. (Report) Reply

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

    What a great reminder of an eternal truth! (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • 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 (Report) Reply

  • Beth Linnebur (2/25/2007 10:13:00 AM)

    this is a very good poem their is emotion and hurt you can feeel i it (Report) Reply

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