What type of poet was John Milton?
T/F: By the age of 43, he was completely blind
Before Milton wrote Sonnet 7, how many major poems did he write?
Did John Milton find his prior poems to be good? Where does he express his feelings about these prior poems?
John Milton thinks his 2 previous poems were not as good as he had hope they'd be. He describes his feelings in Sonnet 7 when he said he's accomplished nothing.
What is the situation during Sonnet 7?
It is John Milton's 24th birthday.
To what does Milton compare Time in line 1? What does this comparison reveal about his attitude toward time?
Milton compares Time to the subtle thief of youth. This comparison reveals he has a negative attitude towards time because it makes him older.
What is the most important image in Sonnet 7? Why?
Rose bud/blossom: represents his childhood -- shows that he is stuck between maturing and growing
To whom does Milton refer to as "my great Taskmaster" in line 14? What does this reveal about Milton's feeling toward this person?
Milton refers to God as "my great Taskmaster". This reveals that he knows God has a strict plan for him and whatever is meant to happen to him will happen given time.
What is the main concern Milton presents in the octave?
Milton's main concern is that time stole away his youthful years and hasn't given him enough time to accomplish anything significant in his life.
How does the sestet answer the concern presented in the octave?
He doesn't need to show anybody anything, because God already has a plan for him. There is no need to worry because all of his success will happen in God's own time.
Based on Milton's concern and his answer to it, what central message (theme) is expressed in the poem?
God has a plan for everything and it always happens in God's own time.
When Milton published this poem, he had already published two major poems. Based on "Sonnet VII," what does he think of his previous work? What does it reveal about Milton's expectations for himself?
He thinks his previous work isn't what he hoped it would be. This shows that he has very high expectations for himself.
Which does Milton seem more concerned with in this poem: his temporal (earthly) life or his spiritual one? Explain.
Milton seems to be more concerned with his earthly life because he's thinking about success and his writings. He is getting older (24) and he is not as famous as his friends.