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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Three-person’d God: The Trinity consisting of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit
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?Put it all together
The Holy Sonnets “open the sinner to God, imploring God's forceful intervention by the sinner's willing acknowledgment of the need for a drastic onslaught upon his present hardened state…”
Donne became an Anglican priest in January 1615, after being persuaded by King James himself. Donne’s reluctance came from his view that ministry was “too weighty for his abilities," according to his first biographer, Izaak Walton, who had known him well and often heard him preach.
— A. J. Smith, University of SouthamptonAbout the Author
Donne did not write for publication. He authorized the publication of only two poems during his lifetime. His manuscripts were passed around his circle of friends, and some of them transcribed his poetry.
How has attending to the details in this poem enriched your understanding of it? Explain any places in the poem that seemed obscure to you initially that now make sense. Any lines that still seem unclear? What, if anything, did you learn about yourself as a reader of poetry after studying this poem?Reflection