WHEN I CONSIDER HOW MY LIGHT IS SPENT By: John Milton Blake, Seth, Michael 30 September 2014 BIOGRAPHY (1608-1674) Born in London, England Went completely blind in 1652 He made his best works after he went blind. His life plan was to serve God. Portrait of W HEN I C ONSIDER H OW M Y L IGHT I S S PENT “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 daylabor, 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.” PETRARCHAN SONNET 14 lines written in iambic pentameter Two quatrains (one octave) with rhyme scheme abba abba One sestet with varying rhyme scheme, commonly cde cde, like in “When I Consider How My Light Is Spent” Between the octave and the sestet (line 9) there is usually a Volta, turn, in the tone. Typically the octave describes a problem that is solved in the sestet. (The Classroom) (Education) PETRARCHAN SONNET Theme: Taking time for God Alludes to the fact that he is blind “When I consider how my life is spent / Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,” (483) OTHER FACTS He was quite the ladies’ man; Milton married three times. Milton’s college nickname was “the Lady of Christ’s” He was thought to have met Galileo in his time in Italy. John Milton went completely blind in 1652. He had long hair… like this BIBLIOGRAPHY Milton, John. “When I Consider How My Life Is Spent." McDougal Littell Literature: British Literature. New York: McDougal Littell, 2008. 483. Print. "What Are the Main Features of the Petrarchan Sonnet? | The Classroom | Synonym." The Classroom. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2014. "What Are the Main Features of the Petrarchan Sonnet?" Education. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2014.