Analysis Of John Donne 's ' Batter My Heart Three Person 've God '

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Even though Donne and Milton write similar by using lyric poetry, they disagree on how a person’s relationship with God should stand. By observing this difference readers learn that even though poets may use the same style of poetry, they have different ways of writing about their thoughts. For example, Donne’s poetry mixes divine with erotic love imagery that is not usually found in sonnets. In most of Donne’s work, the reader has to dissect and break down the lines in order to really comprehend what he is trying to say. Milton however, is pretty straight forward and uses many similes that constantly describe crises in his own personal life. In “Batter My Heart Three person’d God,” Donne writes about the relationship between him and God, but instead of something happy and uplifting he uses a harsh, negative tone. The first eight lines of the poem he is essentially asking God to come in his heart, but not in a way most Christians nowadays would. He is wanting God to transform him in this rough, not so sweet way. In the fourth line, Donne asks God to “break, blow, and burn” him (Donne 1,413). These words show how Donne wants God’s love in a more violent and destructive way. In the final line he asks God to “ravish” him or in other words, he wants God to rape him. This is just one illustration of Donne’s far-fetched metaphors. God is known as a very caring and loving God, which is the complete opposite of what Donne wants Him to be. Donne does not have the typical love…

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