Summary of “On His Blindness” by John Milton
The poet is concerned that God will demand his to show his skills after having lost his sight. The symbolic meaning is that since he has not served God and done anything for Him, God will now ask him for his services. In an attempt to contradict and negate his such thoughts which he claims as foolish and idiotic, he says that his patience comes to the rescue to prevent him and tell him that God is complete in itself and he doesn’t need any gifts or service of any kind for himself. The real essence in living is in abiding by the orders of God. Those who allow their fates to be controlled by God and not question any suffering or misfortune that He gives live truly. A biblical image of God has been shown by using the term mild yoke.
Duty and submissiveness are the ideas towards the end of the poem. Patience tells the poet that there is the entire world in God’s service. Positive and patience attitude can help serve the God. One must not lose patience. Instead one must see any pain and suffering like a service to God. The poet is also convinced that his blindness and the wait to meet and serve the God must also be by His orders and that he must abide by them.