John Milton's "On His Blindness" is an English sonnet about a man who surrenders himself to the will of God. In it, Milton confesses that midway through his life, he has been rendered blind and suffers great personal grief to the point that his only hope is in the mercy of God. In many ways, this poem is an allegory, in that Milton uses his story to represent universal plight and struggling among mankind.
Milton also utilizes personification in this sonnet. He turns "patience" into a being that he can speak to, and that can bring him salvation.
This is an autobiographical meditation inward, in which the Petrarchan sonnet format typically used to write about love is instead employed to write about suffering and redemption. It was written in 1655, a few years after Milton became completely blind. He believes that his blindness came through his labor, and that his labor was for God. This is vital, because Milton emphasizes in the piece that God judges man by the work he does for Him. One famous line in the poem that underscores his value of servitude is Milton's statement, "They also serve who only stand and wait."
Although he bemoaned his failing eyesight, Milton wrote two of his greatest works, "Paradise Lost" and "Paradise Regained," after he became blind.Learn More
William Ernest Henley's lyric poem "Invictus" has as its theme the drive to thrive even when confronted by a difficult trial. In Henley's own life, his trial was facing tuberculosis as a young man; an infection caused him to lose one leg below the knee. However, when a similar infection struck his other leg, he sought the advice of a medical pioneer who saved it for him.Full Answer >
Two of the most timeless love poems, titled "I Love Thee" and "Wild Nights," were written by Eliza Acton and Emily Dickinson. Dating back to the 1800s, "I Love Thee" by Eliza Acton is a love poem that uses a rhyming pattern. "Wild Nights" by Emily Dickinson, an American poet, shares what biographers believe is a mysterious, romantic fantasy.Full Answer >
A dramatic situation in poetry is the underlying plot line that is created to place the characters in conflict with themselves or others. It is a literary tool that is used to force the audience to become emotionally invested in the poem.Full Answer >
Poems that utilize the grammatical principle of parallel structure include repetition of words or phrases to show that two or more ideas have the same level of importance. Parallel components in a sentence are grammatically identical or similar in their construction, sound, meaning or meter.Full Answer >