On His Blindness is composed by John Milton | Major English | Class 12

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On His Blindness

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The poem On His Blindness is composed by John Milton. This an autobiographical sonnet and the author he expresses his feelings as being a blind person. When he was 44, he lost his eyesight after that he wrote this poem. In this poem he wrote about his experience and suffering after his blindness. He also shows the relationship of god and himself.

In the beginning of the poem, he thinks how his eyesight has gone his half of the whole life.  

Milton thinks that he will not be able to serve God as his sight is gone. He feels that his writing capacity, skill become worthless. However, my soul is bent to serve the god who created me and to present my true account of life.  He fears God and may be angry with me because he thinks he is not using the skill which is given by god. I asked, foolish question, is god really want to work hard for the whole day? immediately. I stop myself and answer that question myself. God never wants to make me unhappy and he does not need his own gift because I am a creator of god and god created everyone in this whole world.

The poem develops, he begins to believe that God wants him to keep working, despite the fact that due to his own job he is loosed his sight. At last, he promised that he will serve God like the angels. The poem depicts Milton’s strong belief in God.

Central Idea of the poem is that the writer’s experience of having eyesight life and after losing eyesight life. The loss of his eyesight made him very traumatized. He is not able to use his poetic talent in the active service of God. Also, he complains that God can’t expect any service from him because he has taken away his eyesight. At the same time, he realizes his mistakes. He thinks that God never wants any return for his gifts. Angels work for Him on his way in the world. To bear all the misfortune he thinks he should serve the GOD. Therefore, He wants to serve until his death.

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