Batter my heart . John Donne. Three- person’d God: The Trinity consisting of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit Christian Paradox: The idea that to restore a spirit to life, it first must be broken or dismantled; that man must die to sin and be made new in Christ
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Batter my heart
Describe the progression of the images created from the metaphor in lines 1-4 to the simile in lines 5-8 to, eventually, this closing image? What is the effect?
How might the three images reflect the “Three-person’d God”?
How does a fuller understanding of the vocabulary and the enjambment at the opening contribute to the purpose of this poem?
— A. J. Smith, University of Southampton