Light and Dark

In this workshop we will explore three different perspectives on light and darkness, both literal and metaphorical.

We’ll begin with a famous sonnet by John Milton, written about his blindness and will then move on to two contemporary poets who explore the phenomena of light in different ways.

We’re looking forward to hearing your thoughts and hoping the day will bring some Spring sunshine!


The Texts


John Milton

Sonnet 19

When I consider how my light is spent,
Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,
And that one Talent which is death to hide
Lodged with me useless, though my Soul more bent

To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide;
“Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?”
I fondly ask. But patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, “God doth not need
Either man’s work or his own gifts; who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is Kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed
And post o’er Land and Ocean without rest:
They also serve who only stand and wait.”


Miriam Nash, ‘The Lights’ – scroll down to read this poem amongst some other super recommendations on this theme by The Guardian


Richard Meier, ‘Winter Morning’ – you can read this poem along with a collection of ‘Winter’ poems via the Picador Poetry website