On His Blindness – Summary | Major English Class 12

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Summary of “On His Blindness”
Major (Optional) English
Grade: XII | Unit: Generations
John Milton

John Milton’s sonnet ‘On His Blindness’ enlightens us about Milton’s blindness, his mental anguish and his desire to serve God.He begins the poem by lamenting how he wasted his ability to see. In this poem he used word light for vision. He also used word light to represent the spirituality and he meant here that how he ignored his spiritual capacity. He further tells that he will spend his remaining half of the life in darkness.

Now when he lost his vision, he found himself surrounded by the darkness only. Here he used the term dark world as his inability to understand the spiritual world and knowledge. After losing his vision he has realized the importance of God and now he wishes to serve him more than ever to prove that how much he loves him. But his own wisdom answers him that God does not need anyone’s hard work or any kind of sacrifice to please him. One can serve the God by obeying his wishes. It is the only best way to serve the God.

There is no point in lamenting or complaining about our short comings in life! For, God does not need any of our service or want anything from us as He is infinitely self-sufficient and self-reliant ever! Talented or not, bright or blind it is our duty to the best we can to prove our mettle before Him being worthy of ourselves being His creations! It is Milton’s best example of his intellectual analysis and resolution that made him noble and great ever!

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