The poem combines the use of language and a specific structure to make it an imaginative and expressive enterprise. In 1660 the restoration of the Stuart line of kings left Milton in dire circumstances. Milton has used a broad knowledge of scripture to create a very personal poem which moves from loss to understanding and gain. The epidemic has no identifiable cause, nor known mode of transmission. On the other hand, there are some other angels also who serve Him just by standing and waiting before God. The poet is god fearing and he fears that the god may cast him into darkness more frightening than his physical blindness if he knows his record of activities of whole life. He has countless divine servants, angels, etc.
If we look at the form of this sonnet, we shall find it different from the Shakespearian or Italian sonnet. He began to lose his sight in his early 30s. Service to God consists not only in active work but also in patient resignation to His will and dispensation. . Many themes that are present in the novel are anticipated in this first section. Milton worked diligently to write and print pamphlets for Cromwell. The sonnet was written after Milton lost his eyesight in 1652.
Hence,he complains to God against the injustice done to him. Also during his time of darkness, his patience preserved, stayed strong and never wavered. However, the poet still wonders on how a blind man can render services to God in his condition. God is complete and perfect. Because of his blindness, and perhaps the intercession of his former assistant Andrew Marvell, he escaped execution but was heavily fined and forfeited most of his property. Something modern readers would do well to remember is that most seventeenth-century people were much more religious than today, and so God and his power was, to many, quite important. The second wife Milton married had little time to win over her stepdaughters, since she died in childbirth within two years.
He believed that the authority for matters of faith was on God's written word and not the Pope. In this first moment of blindness, we also see the ambivalence of the people surrounding the blind man. In the end, he is assured that he is serving God like the angels who just wait for the orders of God. Thus, in the end, the poet is quite satisfied as he is also serving God just by keeping patience. It is named after Colonel AlexanderBliss, stepson of historian George Bancroft. Milton has a unified rhyme scheme abba-cddc-efg-efg.
He was broken down with grief, disappointment and despair. However, I visualize it in a totally different way. Finally the poet concludes that even if he is blind and unable to do any service to Him, he should only remain loyal to Him. Most critics and contemporaries would deem him as impatient and ungrateful. Line seven implies that once the usefulness of a man has diminished, then is man doomed to wasting the rest of his remaining days. The supportive details, structure, form, and richness of context embodies the theme.
But it is obviously a matter of the utmost importance. However, most people do not realize that Milton had an extremely robust political career before composing his epic. In Blindness, medicine functions as a metonymy for the whole of modern life. Milton is not happy that is no longer able to write poetry because he is loosing his eyesight. When his wife arrives, she is first upset about the broken vase until she sees the blood and realizes that something is very wrong. They will long beremembered for what they did there. Interestingly, the poem has echoes of some of Masefield's earlier works too.
The epigraph of the novel also suggest an allegorical reading that is developed here. Milton used prose to defend this action and became a spokesman for the Cromwell government. She will be haunted and left unwa … nted. He sought child-rearing aid from his mother-in-law, a woman who strongly disliked him. He wants to show his accomplishments to God. Each stanza of the poem consists of four verses, fitting the iambic pentameter aptly. God is complete and perfect.
After performing a series of tests, the doctor is completely baffled since the man's eyes show no sign of lesion or of damage, but he promises the man that he will contact his colleagues and do some research. Milton realizes that service to God consists in patient submission to His will; those who uncomplainingly take the afflictions of God as His measure for correcting and improving them and thus resign themselves fully to His all-wise and all-just providence, are His true servants. The poem is rich in noble ideas, sublime thoughts and unbounded bliss. Milton was not only armed with an extensive knowledge on the Bible, but in everything a man of his time could learn. But at once the religious conscience quiets his soul.
The poet says that this foolish thought often haunts him. Those who allow their fates to be controlled by God and not question any suffering or misfortune that He gives live truly. Milton begins by questioning his blindness - how does God expect me to serve him when he has blinded me?. He goes on to ask whether God still requires the services of a blind man or not. Blindness, in short, cannot contemplate itself — just as the ignorant in Plato's cave do not know that they live in a cave, ignorant even of their own ignorance. Moreover, the sonnet acts as a self-poem to Milton, himself. John Milton was born on December 9 1608.
With a feminine overall outlook, he continues to underestimate himself in comparison to contemporaries having accomplished much more in his prime age. He endures suffering with fortitude and bears the loss of his eyesight in a courageous and manly way. These words create an atmosphere of mood and balance. What God wants, according to the sonnet, is for man to deal gracefully with what happens to him in life. According to him, their service is equally valuable to God as that of the first category angels. The poem is written on the Petrarchan rhyme scheme.