The Holy Paradox In John Donne's Batter My Heart

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Register to read the introduction… and bend/ Your force, to break, blow, bum, and make me new" (3-4). Here the rhythm of line two is repeated, but with important changes in the verbs, as God's heavier hand is invoked with violent one-syllable verbs and alliteration: bend, break, blow, and burn. These verbs suggest a refiner's work, such as a blacksmith's or jeweler's, who would work in metals. This alludes to a simile used in the Bible, as God is described in Malachi 3:2: "But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? For he is like a refiner's fire, and like fuller's soap."

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).
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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

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