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Meter in On His Blindness

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Text of the Poem


"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.

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