Holy Sonnet I

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    • Thou hast made me, and shall Thy work decay?
      • weird meter. softer jambic  after caesura .Before break hast and made = two stressed next to each other
      • directly addressing God
    • Repair me now, for mine end doth haste;/ I run to death, and death meets me as fast,/
      • sense of urgency. trochee on now(?!)
      • death is personified - they are meeting in the middle - unstoppable movement
        • sense of inevitability but also a reluctant fear and panic
    • I dare not move my dim eyes any way,/
      • dim eyes = demise
      • iambic pentameter exaggerates pun
    • Despair behind and death before doth cast/ Such terror, and my feebled flesh doth waste/ By sin in it, which it towards hell doth weigh;
      • death before doth cast, feebled flesh doth waste, towards hell doth weigh
      • impending doom exaggerated by triplet
      • heavy dental sounds
      • he is surrounded by death = no escape
      • scales  - sin falls towards hell
    • Only thou art above, and when towards Thee/ By Thy leave I can look, I rise again
      • volta - you can do this
      • like Jesus resurrected and redeemed
      • starts with two trochees
    • But our old subtle foe so tempteth me,/ That not one hour I can myself sustain;
      • unification in shared hate of the devil - like Jesus...
      • he's so weak - pathetic
    • Thy grace may wing me to prevent his art,/ And Thou like adamant draw mine iron heart
      • your goodness will redeem me
      • his heart is not human, hard and cold
      • adamant = magnet. But also the hardest metal the strongest substance
    • critics


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