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English III AP28 January 1997 Reflections of Milton in Milton At a young age John Milton was convinced that he wasdestined for greatness He thought that he might perhaps leavesomething so written to aftertimes as they should not willinglylet it dieText 414 For this reason he thought that his lifewas very important to himself and to others He often wrotedirectly about himself and he used his life experiences as rootsfor his literature In Paradise Lost and in a sonnet entitledOn His Blindness Milton speaks indirectly and directly of hisloss of vision Also in Paradise Lost he uses the politicalsituation of his time as a base for the plot and he incorporateselements of his own character into the character of Satan InOn Having Arrived at the Age of Twenty-Three he speaks plainlyabout the course of his life In the latter part of his life Milton lost his vision This loss was very traumatic for him because he had not yetcompleted his mission of writing a memorable work of literature Soon after he continued his work with the help of his daughters He dictated to them a sonnet he called On His Blindness inwhich he asks how God expects him to do his work blind Miltonsambitious side says that his writing talent is lodged with himuselessText 417 His religious side soon realizes that he iscomplaining to God and he takes it back He discovers that Godwill not look down on him if he does not write a masterpiece Hegranted Milton a great talent and he expects Milton to be happy He has to learn to do his work in a dark world This poem wasnot the last time Milton referred to his condition in hiswriting In book one of Paradise Lost while invoking the MuseMilton says what in me is dark illumineHndout 22 He asks tobe granted the power to work through
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