BATTER MY HEART - John Donne
The poet expresses his uncertainty and ambiguity in his relationship with god/religion
* Petrarchan sonnet - traditionally about love and wooing, however Donne subverts this with his passionate, violent entreaties to his god.
* rhyme/paradox "bend" and "mend" (more below)
* syndetic and asyndetic listing (more below)
* repetition of "me" - demanding, desperation
Presents god as a healing/mending figure by comparing him to a carpenter/craftsman
* "knock, breathe, shine"
* "bend" and "mend" rhyme, opposition of destruction and creation, heightened by use of syndetic and asyndetic listing - breaking down and "mend(ing)" of sentence structure
* "make me new" and "seek to mend" - incompleteness of current faith, speaker feels broken
* "I may rise" - modal auxiliary verb highlights his uncertainty whether god will accept him/ or has the strength to let god into his life
However use of violent imagery is contradictory
* "Batter my heart" - striking opening in medias res, colloquial imperative, violent active verb
* "break, blow, burn" - plosive alliteration, lexical set of violence - shows the harshness of Donne's feelings, desperation OR
* AO3: perhaps angry at god - Anne's death in 1617, around the time he perhaps wrote this poem AND...