The Holy Paradox In John Donne's Batter My Heart
Throughout the poem Donne uses the caesura for emphasis. As he uses the semicolon in the opening line, Donne uses commas in almost every line to stop the reader's eye (or voice) to stress words. This is especially effective in the lines with lists of verbs such as "break, blow, burn and make" because the reader is made to pause and consider each word and presumably its meaning, as well.
Moving from the heart and soul to the mind and soul, the image shifts to a simile of an occupied village under foreign rule: "I, like an usurped town, to another due,/ Labor to admit You, but Oh to no end!" (5-6). …show more content…
Theresa." She is portrayed reclining in an attitude of total submission, with an angel standing over her, which is very reminiscent of Donne's poem. John Donne's use of the language is masterful in several ways. He is able to convey the spiritual theme of a sudden violent act of God in order to convert a seeking, but weak human soul. He does this by using the carnal act as a metaphor for the mystical work of the Holy Spirit. He also uses human experience as a way to interpret the mystical experience, which would otherwise be