Meter in On His Blindness

Meter Examples in On His Blindness:

Text of the Poem 1

"Lodg'd with me useless..."   (Text of the Poem)

This is the only line in the poem that breaks iambic pentameter. “Lodg’d” is stressed instead of “with,” forming a trochee. This deviation from the poem’s meter underscores the meaning of the line. His “one talent,” writing, becomes “useless” when it resides in him.