In John Donne's "Batter my Heart" explain the paradoxes in lines 13 and 14.- Explain the paradoxes in lines 13 and 14.- In lines 1-4, what is God implicity compared to (considering...

In John Donne's "Batter my Heart" explain the paradoxes in lines 13 and 14.

- Explain the paradoxes in lines 13 and 14.

- In lines 1-4, what is God implicity compared to (considering especially lines 2 and 4)? How does this comparison lead into the comparison that dominates lines 5-8? What words in lines 9-12 are especially related to the earlier lines?

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Lines 13 and 14 read as follows:

Except you'enthrall mee, never shall be free, Nor ever chast, except you ravish mee. 

There are two paradoxes here. The first is the impossible linkage of freedom and slavery ("enthrall"). The second is the linkage of sexual virtue and being ravished (raped, taken). You can't have both together in either case, but Donne is saying that the only way to be free and virtuous is to be enslaved and raped (or seduced) by God. The earlier sections are related here. Lines 5-8 discuss political freedom; lines 9-12 are full of vocabulary about sexual /romantic union.

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