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  1. In the poem "On His Blindness," John Milton makes up his mind to serve his Maker by stating he was blind, but that was not a sign of his Maker's lack of love for him, but an act of love for Milton to make him more appreciative of his sight. Milton makes up his mind to serve his Maker in his sonnet "Read more

    In the poem “On His Blindness,” John Milton makes up his mind to serve his Maker by stating he was blind, but that was not a sign of his Maker’s lack of love for him, but an act of love for Milton to make him more appreciative of his sight.

    Milton makes up his mind to serve his Maker in his sonnet “On His Blindness” with two points. First, there are things that may dim our vision, but we can still make out “the incorruptible Dance of the Lights.” Second, he says, “I may lose my sight, but I have my heart.” He is saying that he is going to serve God.

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  1. The poem On His Blindness is a Petrarchan sonnet having 14 lines. The poem is divided into three quatrains (stanzas having four lines) and one couplet (two lines). The rhyme scheme of the this type of sonnet is ABBA ABBA CDE CDE. Read summary of this poem.

    The poem On His Blindness is a Petrarchan sonnet having 14 lines. The poem is divided into three quatrains (stanzas having four lines) and one couplet (two lines). The rhyme scheme of the this type of sonnet is ABBA ABBA CDE CDE.

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  1. The poet feels guilty because he is blind now. God has given him the talent of writing poetry. However because of his blindness, he is unable to use this talent. This is why he thinks that he cannot serve humanity (by writing poetry). Hence he feels guilty. Read summary of this poem.

    The poet feels guilty because he is blind now. God has given him the talent of writing poetry. However because of his blindness, he is unable to use this talent. This is why he thinks that he cannot serve humanity (by writing poetry). Hence he feels guilty.

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  1. "Yoke" is a Biblical image which means a harness which put on oxen (in Matthew). It symbolises the will of God. Here in the poem, yoke refers to the tests given by God to His people. In case of poet, his yoke is blindness. According to the poet, his blindness is the will of God and he should acceptRead more

    “Yoke” is a Biblical image which means a harness which put on oxen (in Matthew). It symbolises the will of God. Here in the poem, yoke refers to the tests given by God to His people. In case of poet, his yoke is blindness. According to the poet, his blindness is the will of God and he should accept that gladly and bear it.

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  1. The mood of the poem On His Blindness changes from stanza to stanza. In the first stanza, the there is a lot of frustration and perhaps anger as well (lodged with me useless). There is restlessness and remorse. In the second stanza, the mood changes to doubtful. The poet starts wondering if God realRead more

    The mood of the poem On His Blindness changes from stanza to stanza. In the first stanza, the there is a lot of frustration and perhaps anger as well (lodged with me useless). There is restlessness and remorse.

    In the second stanza, the mood changes to doubtful. The poet starts wondering if God really wants him to use his talent after taking away his light. In the third stanza, the mood changes to relaxed as his mind tells him that God does not need man’s work. The one who just bears his pain is also serving Him.

    In the final couplet, the mood changes to hopeful because the poet is now sure that he is serving God like the Angels who stand and wait. He does not require to write poetry to serve Him.

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  1. In the beginning, the poet seems to be remorseful and restless because he cannot use his talent (given by God) to serve Him and His creations (humans). In the second stanza, the poet becomes doubtful. In the third stanza, he becomes relaxed when he realises that God does not need his talent. In theRead more

    In the beginning, the poet seems to be remorseful and restless because he cannot use his talent (given by God) to serve Him and His creations (humans). In the second stanza, the poet becomes doubtful. In the third stanza, he becomes relaxed when he realises that God does not need his talent. In the final couplet, he is hopeful because he believes that he is serving God by bearing his pain.

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  1. There are many Biblical references used in the poem On His Blindness: Mild Yoke: The word yoke is taken from Bible (Matthew) which means the will of God. They serve Him the best: They refers to angels of God. His state is Kingly: state refers to heaven. Thousands at His bidding speed: Angels move onRead more

    There are many Biblical references used in the poem On His Blindness:

    1. Mild Yoke: The word yoke is taken from Bible (Matthew) which means the will of God.
    2. They serve Him the best: They refers to angels of God.
    3. His state is Kingly: state refers to heaven.
    4. Thousands at His bidding speed: Angels move on the land and the ocean at unbelievable speed.
    5. They also serve who only stand and wait: Reference to the angels who remains standing still and wait for orders.

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  1. The blindness is compared to dark world which has made his only talent handicapped. He is not able to serve God because of blindness. Read summary of this poem.

    The blindness is compared to dark world which has made his only talent handicapped. He is not able to serve God because of blindness.

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