How do textual features combine to convey a theme of the poem?
cunningness and literary techniques were observed in all of his literature. However, at the
meaning of this tragedy, 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 intent and
Milton uses figurative language to express his grievances and discontent. He
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 write, even
was answered by himself as he realizes that he cannot blame God for his actions. His
figurative language from the point he begins to question, up to where he begins to answer
out in order to make sense of the feeling and statement Milton is trying to make.
Furthermore, Milton uses personification to express the importance of words and
is his reasoning for accepting the fact that he is blind. It is used to introduce the answer
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
Milton?s patience, or a result of his patience, is telling him that God accepts whoever bears
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
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 go on
with his writing or ?stand and wait,? as he must bear the burden and continue or stop.
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.