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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

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john donne

John Donne

By: James Blake

background
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
First Quatrain
  • Donne’s Writing

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.

  • Explication

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

second quatrain
Second Quatrain
  • Donne’s Writing

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

  • Explication

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

third quatrain
Third Quatrain
  • Donne’s Writing

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

Explication

Still shows great love for God

Is engrossed by sin

Wants to be enslaved so he can be set free

literary terms
Literary Terms

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.

  • Alliteration
  • Simile
  • Metaphor
  • Rhyme
  • Onamatopeia
personal feelings
Personal Feelings
  • Wants God to intervene in his life and break him away from Satan.

- “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.

critical analysis
Critical Analysis
  • “Donne’s speaker presents God with the seeming paradox that without God ravishing him, he can never achieve purity” (Sweeney 49).
  • “The theme seems to be about the conflict between the poet and Satan” (Elgamall).
works cited
Works Cited
  • Donne, John “Batter My Heart Three-Personed God” Holy Sonnets. London. 1610. Print
  • Sweeney, Bethany. "Ravish My Heart: The Negotiation of Queer Liminal Space in John Donne's "Batter My Heart"" Http://www.humanities.uci.edu/collective/hctr/trans-scripts/2012/2012_02_05.pdf. N.p., n.d. Web.