Milton wrote extensively throughout his life, and studied literature
profoundly. His cunningness and literary techniques were observed in all of his
literature. However, at the prime of his life, his weak eyes gave as his intense
of the future, and God for his blindness within the sonnet. Even though his
whole life and work involved his eyes, he accepted this eventually. Within
Milton’s sonnet about his blindness: figurative language, personification, his
of his blindness.
Milton uses figurative language to express his grievances and discontent.
lodged… useless? within him because of his new blindness. As a result, Milton
begins to question God, ?Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?? Milton
wonders as to the meaning of his blindness; Does God want him to continue to
cannot blame God for his actions. His figurative language from the point he
begins to question, up to where he begins to answer his own questions are full
to make sense of the feeling and statement Milton is trying to make.
Furthermore, Milton uses personification to express the importance of
replies for him. Patience is his reasoning for accepting the fact that he is
blind. It is used to introduce the answer towards his questioning, and as a
change or turning point within the sonnet. As in standard Petrarchian sonnets
this change is in the 8-9 line, and a transition between problem and solution is
achieved. The problem was whether or not he should continue to write. Yet, in
More or less, Milton’s patience, or a result of his patience, is telling him
that God accepts whoever bears his burdens and has no need of Man’s ideas and
creations. Furthermore, he states that God is served by your own means and that
there are many ways direct or indirect to serve and satisfy God. Some serve as
priests and popes, ?thousands at his bidding… and post o’er land and ocean
others that ?also serve who only stand and wait.?
In addition, Milton’s prosody and intent on words creates the mood and
theme of the sonnet. Words such as light has the ability to have many meanings
and interpretations. However, within this sonnet it means his life up to his
blindness and his sight. ?Death to hide? plays upon the idea that in order to
disappear, death is the only way to go. ?My soul more bent to serve therewith my
Maker,? the feeling of the necessity to serve God. However, throughout the
sonnet, a final idea is set that God is served whether you are the priest or one
?who only stand and wait.? He has accepted the fact that he is blind and has
answered his own thoughts on God. Milton believes that he must make a choice to
continue or stop.
as he confronts his feelings with blindness within this sonnet. The uses of
figurative language to introduce the dilemma and to personification for change
to the solution of his problems are effectively used to contrast the mood. His
prosody and intention with words creates an imaginative thought process and
detail towards the sonnet. Overall, his techniques combine to convey the theme
of acceptance and realization. Milton has inferred that whether or not he
continues to write depends on himself and serving God.