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John Donne Poem Summaries

The Good Morrow

In the aubade, The Good Morrow, the speaker celebrates his awakening with his beloved,
equating it to a new, quintessentially adult life, where souls uniting transcends the physical.
Renaissance imagery of voyages and cartography are employed, only to be dismissed as their

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Holy Sonnet 14: Batter My Heart

In Batter My Heart, paradox is used throughout to evoke the idea of spiritual renewal
through destruction. The speaker alludes to the Devil's influence, and implores God to be
similarly ruthless in redeeming him. The speaker addresses God as a lover, reflected through

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their separation is echoed in the aching rhythms and the repetition of its soulful rhymes,
which voice the traditional sound of lament.


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