The Internal Conflict.

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In Milton's sonnet he strongly conveys his introspective nature. Through this

personal battle of physical ineptness verses pleasing God, only one solution is to be

discovered. Milton uses the metaphor light to give the reader a visual image of the nature

of light. When any light is spent it is useless. The same uselessness of a burnt-out light

is what Milton conveys himself as being without eyesight. In lines 2,3 Milton uses the

word talent to subtly hint at the parable described in the bible. In this parable a talent is a

form of currency, and to be unproductive with it is displeasing to God. Another reference

to the parable appears in line 3, "which is death to hide" implies that not being productive

will result in God's unprejudiced judgment. Throughout lines 4-6 Milton describes his

predicament of having a gift to please God with, but not being able to use it due to his

blindness. Specifically in line 4 he uses the word lodged to describe a situation in which

one has something great that seems somewhat inherited or obtained without effort. In

this same line he also presents his introspectiveness through revealing his internal pain,

"though my soul more bent." Line 5 ties into the beginning of line 4 completely

describing how he would use his talent to serve his maker or God. It seems as if the last

half of line 4 doesn't belong or flow. Milton describes, in this odd placement, that

despite everything his emotions are bound with fear and confusion, however continuing

to line 5 he picks back up with his works. I believe this seemingly non-linear placement

is to specifically emphasize what great torment really resides inside. Milton once again

uses a tactfully placed adjective, "true", to represent that...