Sonnet 19 Summary
John Milton

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Sonnet 19 Overview

John Milton's "Sonnet 19: When I Consider How My Light is Spent" is a fourteen-line poem likely written in the 1650s, when Milton lost his eyesight. As such, the poem's more colloquial title is "On His Blindness." In this sonnet, the speaker depicts a profound struggle with faith after his loss of vision. Without the ability to see, the speaker wonders how best to serve God. He explores the themes of darkness and light as well as work and rest before ultimately realizing there are many different ways to serve God.

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