There is more than one way to serve God, and patience is telling the poet that even his waiting or the apparent inaction caused by his blindness can be a kind of service if it meets the criterion of lines 10-11, to bear the yoke well. On the most superficial level it refers to physical light, which the poet can no longer experience. In On His Blindness, Milton is struggling to understand what God expects of him now that he is losing his sight. Cries the stall-reader, 'Bless us! His state Is kingly: thousands at his bidding speed, And post o'er land and ocean without rest; They also serve who only stand and wait. The poem suggests that each of us is given one or several gifts which we are obliged to identify, utilize, and develop throughout our lives or else experience disappointment, failure and frustration. His patience tells him that God is akin to a king who has many kingdoms under his dominion and countless subjects to do as he asks. Losing his ability to read and write cut deeply—to the core of his personality.
The hopeful tone helps to end the poem on a more positive note, which encourages the interpretation as a form of eulogy as it helps to strengthen the idea of happy times and memories. Personification: This rhetorical device is used to bestow human qualities on something that is not human. It is the inner voice of a man who has resigned himself entirely to the will of God and depends only on His mercy and justice. On the Detraction Which Followed upon My Writing Certain Treatises A Book was writ of late called Tetrachordon, And wov'n close, both matter, form and style; The subject new: it walked the town awhile, Numb'ring good intellects; now seldom pored on. Milton also uses the standard poetry form of his time — the sonnet which consists of fourteen lines.
The director concluded the switching with the combination of the perspective of the Doctor's Wife and the narrative of the Man with the Black Eye Patch. This further continues the sense of conversation, intensifying the feeling that this is a personal poem, but it also could be interpreted as alluding to a constant flow of memories that are being brought up; either in conversation, or during the narrator remembering their mother after her death. Love led them on; and Faith, who knew them best Thy handmaids, clad them o'er with purple beams And azure wings, that up they flew so drest, And spake the truth of thee on glorious themes Before the Judge; who thenceforth bid thee rest, And drink thy fill of pure immortal streams. In May of 1638 Milton embarked on an Italian journey which was to last nearly fifteen months. McKellar knew he wanted a stylistically adept director and didn't want to be too prescriptive, preferring only to hint at an approach. He adored him to the point that he wanted to serve Him with all that he has, and feared him because he thinks that when one does not utilize his talent, he would be punished. His ability to write was threatened and, as a result, his relationship with God became complicated.
This belief was in fact based on his own study of the scriptures. Like the outstanding characteristic of all great and good poetry, this sonnet has a universal appeal, far from being a mere poem. That is why this poem is as famous as it is. The writer is effective in doing so, as he utilizes Biblical allusions, figurative language and colorful connotation. As such, the poem title is likely to be effective even if readers do not identify the allusion.
The next day, the doctor goes blind as well. Light is a classic motif for knowledge—intellectual illumination. Abruptly he left off writing poetry for prose, pouring out pamphlet s during the early 1640s in which he opposed what he considered rampant episcopal tyranny. As we know, Milton did, in fact, go blind in the 1650s. When a crew arrives to pick up the doctor, his wife climbs into the van, lying that she has gone blind in order to accompany him.
By 1654, when the author completed his Second Defence of the English People, he had regained full confidence in his ability to work despite his disability. Archived from on March 18, 2009. The increasingly totalitarian government resorts to increasingly ruthless measures to try to staunch the epidemic, refusing the sick aid or medicines. In 1651 Milton became blind, yet he continued to write - his daughters would take dictation. When one of the women is beaten to death by the man having the coerced sex with her, the doctor's wife has had enough and soon kills the king with scissors to the neck.
At line 7, Milton wonders if God still expects him to keep writing without his sight, then decides that God is more forgiving than he was giving him credit for, Surely, knowing of his condition and strong desire to please Him, God wouldn't expect anything that he couldn't possibly accomplish, nor would he punish him. He requires nothing outside of Himself to exist and be happy. He died in November, 1674, apparently of complications arising from gout. Even though Milton does not understand why God has taken away his vision, he must be patient and he must learn to accept what is given him with dignity and grace. It reminded me of George A Romero's Night of the Living Dead, and Peter Shaffer's absurdist stage-play Black Comedy. The restoration of the monarchy in 1660 left Milton disillusioned and hastened his departure from public life; as a former member of the Commonwealth, he lived for a time in peril of his life, but for reasons not entirely clear he was spared harsh punishment. And although a settlement has been sought for nearly twenty years, the tensions between Palestinians and Israelis usually take the form of violent demonstrations, police beatings, and military action.
Navigating blind in his own house, the first blind man knocks over a vase full of flowers and cuts himself. This man, in spite of being deaf, managed to become a world-renowned composer. The director began with an omniscient vantage point, transited to the intact viewpoint of the doctor's wife, and changed again to the Man with the Black Eye Patch, who connects the quarantined to the outside world with stories. On his return, the master praises the first two servants while condemning the last. The poem resolves in the comfort that waiting for greatness to present itself is just as worthy as carrying out great deeds. This will be amplified later into the open antagonism of the quarantine and the shootings of the infected. When you have two characters in a dialogue, emotion is expressed by the way people look at each other, through the eyes.