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Batter My Heart Three Person'd God - John Donne

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Daniela Morin

on 23 January 2013

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Transcript of Batter My Heart Three Person'd God - John Donne

HARMONY The Sonnet HOLY SONNET XIV Batter My Heart Three Person'd God Theme and Message Title Analysis This is an Italian Poem
because it follows the Petrarch
Sonnet rules of one octave of 8 lines
with an "abbaabba cdecde" rhyme scheme. The questioon or conflict is presented with in the first octave, while the resolutio along with the theme and answer are presented in the last sestet. Batter my heart, three-person'd God ; for you A
As yet but knock ; breathe, shine, and seek to mend ;B
That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrow me, and
bend B
Your force, to break, blow, burn, and make me
new. A
I, like an usurp'd town, to another due, A
Labour to admit you, but O, to no end. B
Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend, B
But is captived, and proves weak or untrue. A
Yet dearly I love you, and would be loved fain, C
But am betroth'd unto your enemy ; D
Divorce me, untie, or break that knot again, C
Take me to you, imprison me, for I, E
Except you enthrall me, never shall be free, D
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me. D "Take me to you improson me", are the words that John donne proposes before God. Through the analysis of the poem I have interpreted it as a plea for grace from a sinner's point of view.
The author delivers a message of humanity's spiritual supplication and thirst for salvation and guidance when entangles within the deceiving vines of Satan's death grip. The theme of atonement and redemption resonate throughout the sonnet emphasizing the sharp shard of painful confession that penetrates the heart of mankind. Batter My Heart,
Three Person'd God By: John Donne The Poet: John Donne John Donne (1600's) was an English poet, a lawyer and a cleric in the Church of New England. His poetry related to the quality and message of his sermons, such as Batter My Heart. The title makes and allusion to the concept of the Holy Trinity, which is the christian belief that God is 3 entities in one: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Hence the "Three Person'd God", this statement adds a sense of reverence towards God, because he is omniscient and all powerful. Title Analysis Octave Analysis Donne asks God to put his heart through trial and tribulation because he wants his current and corrupt foundation to be "broken, blown, burned and made anew". Through the use of a simile, he compares himself to an "unsurpt town" that was seized by force by another entity or ideology. This signifies Satan, who overrode Donne's loyalty to God. when Donne addresses God and asks him to "reason his viceroy in him", he simultaneously acknowledges that he himself, must first comply and submit himself to God's will in order to be save. Although Donne Loves God his love cannot be reciprocated because he is " betrothed to God's enemy" : Satan. He personifies reason, and blames "him" for distancing him from the blind faith on the lord.
Sestet Analysis Donne implies that he'd rather live with God's judgement and punishment, than with Satan's favor. He's rahter have " God imprison him" that be free with out his blessings and saving and merciful grace. There is a more straightforward tone in the last 2 lines, Donne tells God "Yet, dearly I loved You". And he takes blame for engaging with the enemy, for it takes two people in agreement to marry not just one. He wants God to break the "knot" of his wedding to Satan.
Enthrall in the past meant "enslave" so Donne is asking God to imprison him in order to be free. He uses this paradox to emphasize his inexplicable feelings towards God.
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