Explication Essay

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Explication Essay
In the beginning of 1652 at the age of 44, John Milton, a famous British poet responsible for writing the epic Paradise Lost, went completely blind. He personally struggled with his blindness as a man of letters, poems, and religious tracts. Read the following poem by Milton to provide a short explication that identifies the literary devices in the poem and explains how they develop the theme of the work in two short paragraphs.

When I Consider How My Light Is Spent
When I consider how my light is spent,
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest He returning chide;
“Doth God exact day-labor, light denied?”
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, “God doth not need
Either man’s work or His own gifts. Who best
Bear His mild yoke, they serve Him best. His state
Is kingly: thousands at His bidding speed,
And post o’er land and ocean without rest;
They also serve who only stand and wait.”—John Milton


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