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Time, Life, and God in John Milton's Poetry John Milton's poems, "How Soon Hath Time" and "When I Consider How My Light Is Spent" both concentrate on lifestyle and how the time we're given is or should be spent. Milton uses the word "How" in both the titles and I cant help but wonder "Is there something to examine there?" The way alone is a matter of is it feasible, and if so then what needs to be done to make it possible. It, in this circumstance is time: Is time possible or even better, is it feasible to prevent time? If so how will it be achieved? What needs to occur to make time to prevent? Milton uses the speaker in this poem to describe a means of studying time and just how fast time really does fly . In these two poems that the speakers refer to God as the, "Taskmaster", "Maker", and "Patience." The importance of God in the speakers' lifetime is represented in both of these poems. How both these poems are composed it seems like the speaker is the same person and also like these poems were composed to be read in an arrangement like, "When I Consider How My Light Is Spent", is a continuance of the poem, "How Soon Hath Time." Due to the similarities of these two poems it seems as if the speaker for every one of those poems was Milton himself. From the 2 poems Milton explains that time is brief and also for him (the speaker), he would like to live by the will of God. The speaker explains how he believes God wants him to live and even though he doesn't enjoy time moving by so fast he has accepted it and he respects what God desires for his lifetime. Milton uses personification and references to God in both poems to not just set a mood, but also to demonstrate the reader a view of just how one man, seems at the time which has passed him and how he believes he should live.