John Donne. By: James Blake. Background. Born a Catholic in 1572 in London England Studied at Oxford when he was 11 and then transferred to Cambridge Faced social and financial instability after his marriage in 1601. Founder of the metaphysical poets. First Quatrain. Donne’s Writing
By: James Blake
Batter my heart, three-personed God, for You
Take over my heart God for I
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend
That I may rise and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend
Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new.
Prayer to the Holy Trinity
God has been too patient with the speaker
Dioesn’t want to be fixed but to be comepletely changed
Can’t be a full disciple without God’s overpowerment
I like an usurped town to another due
I abhor to admit You, but Oh! to no end
Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend
But is captived, and proves weak or untrue
Simile comparing himself to a town being ruled by somebody else
I try to let you into the town but cannot overcome the authority in charge of him at that moment
Mind and Truth
Yet dearly I love You, and would be loved fain
But am betrothed unto Your enemy;
Divorce me, untie or break that knot again
Take me to You, Imprison me, for I,
Except You enthrall me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except, You ravish me
Still shows great love for God
Is engrossed by sin
Wants to be enslaved so he can be set free
BATTER my heart, three person'd God; for, you As yet but knocke, breathe, shine, and seeketo mend;
That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrowme, and bend
Your force, to breake, blowe, burn and make me new.
I, like an usurpttowne, to'another due, Personification
Labourto'admitYou, but Oh, to no end,
Reason Your viceroy in mee, mee should defend,
But is captiv'd, and proves weake or untrue.
Yet dearely'I love You,'and would be loved faine,
But am betroth'd unto your enemie:
Divorce mee,'untie, or breake that knot againe;
Take mee to You, imprison mee, for I
Except You'enthrallmee, never shall be free,Onomatopeia
Nor ever chast, except you ravish me.
- “Divorce me, untie or break that knot again”
- Married to sin and wants God to tear him away from that lifestyle.
Forgiveness is not gonna work
- Needs to have a complete “makeover”
If God is willing to enslave him, he will be pure and holy again.