How Do Textual Features Combine To Convey A Theme Of The Poem?

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Milton wrote extensively throughout his life, and studied literature profoundly. Hiscunningness and literary techniques were observed in all of his literature. However, at theprime of his life, his weak eyes gave as his intense work and studies caused his blindness.As a result of this tragedy, Milton created a sonnet about his blindness. He questioned themeaning of this tragedy, of the future, and God for his blindness within the sonnet. Eventhough his whole life and work involved his eyes, he accepted this eventually. WithinMilton's sonnet about his blindness: figurative language, personification, his intent andprosody are adopted to convey his questions and heart felt acceptance of his blindness.Milton uses figurative language to express his grievances and discontent. Hereflects upon his life and "how my light is spent," or the time he had his sight. Milton thenexpresses the feeling of the "dark world and wide" of the blind as his introduction to hisquestions. He begins to question his writing that only death can take away ("...one talentwhich is death to hide.."), "lodged... useless" within him because of his new blindness. Asa result, Milton begins to question God, "Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?" Miltonwonders as to the meaning of his blindness; Does God want him to continue to write, evenwith his blindness, or what does God really mean? At first his tone seems harsh, but hisfeelings are redirected as he answers his own questions in time. His last question to God,was answered by himself as he realizes that he cannot blame God for his actions. Hisfigurative language from the point he begins to question, up to where he begins to answerhis own questions are full of implications of his thought. These implications must be pickedout in order to make sense of the feeling and statement Milton is trying to make.Furthermore, Milton uses personification to express the importance of words andvalues. He personifies "Patience" as if patience were a man who replies for him. Patienceis his reasoning for accepting the fact that he is blind. It is used to introduce the answertowards his questioning, and as a change or turning...

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