John Milton Biblical Allusions Analysis

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John Milton utilizes Biblical allusions to convey his evaluation of how his life has been lived or how his time has been spent. The poet especially contemplates his life’s contributions considering his physical state of blindness. Milton wonders whether or not he is using his abilities for God’s utmost glory. He longs to do more, but feels that his disability holds him back. At the beginning of the poem, Milton’s fleshly thinking allows him to believe that God expects us to go out and do physical works with our hands, and because he is not capable, then there is no way that he is pleasing God. Milton’s thinking transforms to spiritual thoughts when he begins to reference passages of the Bible. The poet realizes and expresses at the ending of the poem that God does not need our works; he wants our heart’s devotion. Milton first alludes to the parable of the ten virgins when he opens up with, “when I consider how my light is spent” (Milton line 1). Milton questions if he is making most of the hours given to him. The poet pulls this insight from the twenty-fifth chapter of Matthew, “6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going to

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