Essay on Analysis Of John Donne 's ' Batter My Heart '

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Sixteenth century poet John Donne author of the Holy Sonnet Fourteen; ‘Batter my Heart’ is known as the founder of the Metaphysical Poets a term used to refer to 17th-century English writers whose work was characterized by the inventive use of conceits, and by a greater emphasis on the spoken rather than lyrical quality of their verse. Donne adopts Petrarchan sonnet form for the majority of this poem which aids the seamless fluidity of this sonnet. Donne’s Religious poetry demonstrates turning the traditional object of love away from a woman and sexual lust and towards God, he demonstrates a fixation for spiritual purity in which he blends earthly, sacred love whist coining elaborate new forms.
The poet presents an appeal to God opening with an imperative demand to holy trinity; ‘Batter my heart, three personed God’ (line 1) The commanding voice of the poet engages the audience’s attention immediately with a shock opening that is present among many of Donne’s poems, this device is used by pleading with God not for mercy or benevolent aid but for a violent, brutal overmastering as to ‘knock, breathe, shine’ (line 2) is not enough to ‘mend’ (line 2) perhaps Donne’s dark sinful past which is alluded to in much of his earlier love poems, which contain erotic details of pre-marital sex: for instance in, ‘The Good Morrow’ John Donne referred to this promiscuity as: ‘But sucked on country pleasures, childishly?’(line 3)
The smutty pun built in to this line of Donne’s earlier…

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