In his poem “When I Consider How My Light Is Spent,” Milton expresses his feelings about going blind. The poet is concerned that he will not be able to write anymore, and his work is a very important part of his life. Milton asks God if he should continue writing and working on his poems. Then, he answers this question – God does not need Milton’s hard work because “His state / Is kingly.”
Milton’s strong faith in God and his devotion are visible in this poem. I think he is very humble in reminding himself that God does not need the poet’s work to be recognized or praised. I do not understand the last line completely – “They also serve who only stand and wait.” It may refer to how Milton sees his life without sight, that he should be patient and accept his fate rather than think negatively about it.