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John Milton was born in 1608 to a Puritan family During his service to the Commonwealth in 1652 Milton became blind and it became necessary for others to share in his labors His blindness occasioned one of the most moving of his sonnets On his blindness written in 1655 It records his fear that he will never be able to use his God-given gift for poetry again Yet God may demand an accounting of his righteousness And his entry into Heaven will depend upon how well he has used the gifts that God gave him The sonnet ends with Miltons acceptance of the fact that what God wants of him is obedience and resignation He can then serve God even if he cannot write poetry for they also serve who only stand and waitThe most effective of the personal sonnets is 19 usually called On his blindness This allusion to his blindness is the first of many in his poetry When I consider how my light is spent When I judge how my ability to see has been taken away Ere half my days in this dark world and wide After I have only lived half of my life And that one talent which is death to hide Lodged with me useless though my soul more bent This is based on the parable of the talents Matthew 2514-30 in which the unprofitable servant was punished for burying not using the talent his master had given him Milton is pondering whether he will be punished for not using his ability that is useless and will weigh down his final judgmentTo serve therewith my maker and present My true account lest He returning chideMilton cannot serve God by using his ability to
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