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
work and studies caused his blindness. As a result of this tragedy, Milton
created a sonnet about his blindness. He questioned 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 prosody are adopted to convey his questions and heart felt acceptance
of his blindness.
Milton uses figurative language to express his grievances and discontent.
He reflects upon his life and "how my light is spent," or the time he had his
sight. Milton then expresses the feeling of the "dark world and wide" of the
blind as his introduction to his questions. He begins to question his writing
that only death can take away ("...one talent which is death to hide.."), "
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
write, even with his blindness, or what does God really mean? At first his tone
seems harsh, but his feelings are redirected as he answers his own questions in
time. His last question to God, 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 his own questions are full
of implications of his thought. These implications must be picked out in order
to make sense of the feeling and statement Milton is trying to make.
Furthermore, Milton uses personification to express the... [continues]
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