Analysis: When I Consider How My Light Is Spent by John Milton

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Herberth Portillo
Professor Montgomery
English 112
February 19, 2013
“When I consider how my light is spent” Analysis
John Milton’s’ poem “When I consider how my light is spent” is a great piece of art that he creates during his blindness. The sarcasm and the word choice in this poem also have a great impact on how he masts feel. Milton also presents us with a key point on how God plays an important part in his point of view and his life. One of the best thing of this poem is the tone and the feelings that where put into it. Looking at John Milton life through one of his best piece of art “When I consider how my light is spent.” Milton starts the poem with a feel of sadness and a sense of being useless, and this is so because of his blindness which he became in 1651.

“Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodged with me useless…” (Milton 1050)
This gives a sense of sadness coming from him and he also introduces a caption on behalf of sarcasm to say that he feels sometimes that he doesn’t want to live anymore. “He refers to death with sarcasm as a talent” (Darr) “And that one talent which is death to hide” (1050). At this point john Milton is not so happy with his life but there is something that keeps him going on with a day to day life.

So many time mast have John Milton wanted to stop the way he lived in a dark world but he knew he would have to take an account on how he lived his life to his maker, God. “He will serve his Maker no matter how he is suffering as he will have to present to Him a “true account” of his life. He will do this in case he is chided when he returns to God and is asked if he carried on with his day to day life even without his eye sight” (Darr). He must have feel really depress at first but he knew that if he got use to it and live like everything was going to be better he was going to be just find. And also that in doing this he had nothing to fear after his death...
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