Critical Analysis of Jonh Milton's Sonnet 8

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Milton returned to England about 1641 when the political and religious affairs were very disturbing to many. He started to apply his work in practice for that one great work like Paradise Lost when penning the Sonnets. Not every sonnet is identical but they can be difficult in interpretation, styles, word use, and so forth. The purpose of this paper is to analyze Milton’s Sonnet 8 (ca 1642), “Captain or Colonel.” This will be done by explaining the type of theme and then separating the sonnet into three sections: lines 1-4, 5-8, and 9-14 for a better understanding of how Milton used the development of ongoing events to present problems with a mystical resolution. John Milton studied and traveled abroad, mainly in Italy, prior to…show more content…
In verses 5 through 8, the tone is just a little bit different. Milton has ventured from a political event to more of a religious nature between the Episcopalians and the Puritans. “Charms” in stanza 5 can be referred to Milton’s perception of beauty in having a free liberty with religious choices. According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) charms are both magic spells and songs. This would possibly denote the blending of voices as in the blending of and tolerance to religious voices in the doctrine of worship. We can further gather by looking at the wording such as charms or gentle acts, that Milton is conveying his concern of military action. In phrases like “Name or’e Land and Seas” or “Whatever clime the Suns bright circle warms” Milton is conveying the spreading of religious liberty which is what the Monarchy (Charles I) was not in agreement with. Therefore, the problems that exist in lines 1 through 8 is the military use of the powers that be, would. He (Milton) wanted (like the Puritans) religious freedom and tolerance but was concerned about the loss of life to make a case in point. The resolution in stanzas 9-14 is a warning through reflecting ancient history where internal strife occurred in the literary classics. In line 9, “Muses Browe” should be defined like a deep mystical clue if the reader references verses 4 “Guard them, and him within protect from harms”, 5 “He can requite thee, for he knows the

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