Batter my heart

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  • Holy Sonnet XIV (Batter my heart)
    • Batter my heart three personnel God; for you/ As yet knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
      • starts with a trochee ends with a catalectic foot
      • God the blacksmith must repair him through force
      • Donne is noticeably passive
    • That I may rise and stand, o'erthrow me,' and bend/ Your force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new.
      • furnace/ reborn from fire
      • heaviness of repeated bs
      • spondees
      • he is currently prostate at God's feet wants to be able to rise.
    • I, like an usurped town to'another due,/ Labour to'admit You, but O, to no end.
      • again passive - left
      • very disjointed very over dramatic
    • Reason, Your Viceroy in me, me should defend,/ But is captived, and proves weak or untrue.
      • Reason is failing him - his mind is likened to a social system .
    • Divorce me,'untie or break that knot again,/ Take me to You, imprison me, for I,
      • bondage, physical entrapment.
      • seeks to be controlled and manipulated - fear of freedom because ideologically he can't maintain his belief in religion.
    • Yet dearly' I love You,' and would be loved fain,/ But am betrothed unto Your enemy;
      • he's trapped by a marriage contract. religious implications
      • very human relationship
    • Except you enthral me, never shall be free,/ Nor ever chaste, except You ravish me.
      • quite surprising...

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