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Title: John Donne Holy Sonnet 14

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Subject: English
Author: Fred F
Date: January 9, 2015
Level: College
Grade: A
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The poem's metaphors (the speaker's heart as a captured town, the speaker as a maiden betrothed to God's enemy) work with a series of violent and powerful verbs (batter, o'erthrow, bend, break, blow, burn, divorce, untie, break, take, imprison, enthrall, ravish) to create the image of God as an overwhelming, violent conqueror...

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The strange nature of the speaker's plea finds its apotheosis in the inconsistent final couplet, in which the speaker claims that only if God takes him inmate can he be free, and only if God ravishes him can he be chaste. As illustrated by the contrast between Donne's religious lyrics and his metaphysical love poems, Donne seems to be a poet who is deeply divided between religious spirituality and a kind of carnal lust for life...

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