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In the journey of life Man will often question his or her position in the universe Questioning ones worth and purpose in the universe will harbor the attention of Man until the end of time The antidote for the majority of the world comes in maintaining a religion In Sonnet 7 and Lycidas John Milton takes the reader on the journey Man takes in fulfilling Gods will In the poems Milton examines the importance of being readily prepared for Gods will the willingness to truly fulfill Gods will and the resolution he comes to with his own life as well as Edward Kings in terms of Gods will Miltons personal journey in fulfilling Gods will is essential to Milton He believes his daily activities are in preparation for a greater purpose In believing in such discipline it becomes apparent to Milton that he must be readily prepared for Gods plan for his life Milton expresses the need for spiritual maturity repeatedly in Sonnet 7 and in Lycidas In Sonnet 7 Milton expresses anxiety in his own life In line 6 and 7 Milton wrote That I to manhood am arrivd so near And inward ripenes doth much less appear It is relevant to notice that Milton is having a time of reflection in writing such words He is questioning his own being and asking himself if he is making the necessary decisions in life to lead to spiritual maturity Milton examines the same idea in the pastoral elegy that he writes for Edward King In contrast to the Sonnet which is about Milton Lycidas explores what happens when ones life ends abruptly In line 3 of Lycidas Milton wrote Shatter your leaves before your mellowing year Miltons concern with Kings death displays a concern of dieing before possibly reaching spiritual maturity Because both Milton and King went to school to be a priest and King was also a poet the questioning of Kings
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