Analysis Of How Soon Hath Time By John Milton

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The writer of the sonnet How Soon Hath Time and the speaker is John Milton. He is one of the famous English poets of the Romantic era, a period when artistic, literary, musical, and intellectual movement aroused. This sonnet is composed in Petrarchan style, similar to William Shakespeare’s sonnets. John Milton wrote “How soon hath Time” (Sonnet 7) on his 23rd birthday. The title is interrelated with the event because time has added to Milton’s age, and made him old – twenty-three years old. He wrote the poem around the same time that he received his Master of Arts degree from Christ's College in Cambridge, England. He spent his previous years in learning foreign languages like: English, French, Spanish, Syriac (the language
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“How soon hath time,” says Milton as he is depressed that “time” passes quickly and calls time as “subtle thief of youth,” a thief that steals away youth before dreams can be attained. “Hath” is the 3rd person singular present indicative of “have” in the Archaic form. In “My hasting days fly on with full career,” John Milton regrets that he has lost his twenty-third year and not yet produced anything he considers artistically valuable. In line 4, Milton calls the slow physical maturation of a young man as his "late spring." Furthermore, he says that he does not appear masculine, and that his appearance does not represent his age because “no bud or blossom show’th.” Instead; he looks a boy younger than what he actually is. He later compares human maturation to a fruit’s maturation when he mentions “inward ripeness.” He assures that he is internally mature, or ripe, but his exterior look does not show that. In lines 11 and 12, the Time is said to be as if it is inescapable. Later – at the end of the poem –, he takes a break and calms down from the tragic tone. As a very religious person, Milton says that although he is not able to find the meaning of his life, he believes in God "my great Task-Master" and believes that God have planned his (Milton’s) life. He says that God treats people equally whether they are “mean or high.” The last six lines are considered reassurance. Milton realizes that whether approached his aim or not, he soon will thrive into the poet and man he has persistently prepared himself to be. The exclamation mark shows his enthusiasm with growing older as he mentioned: “… my three-and-twentieth

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