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Holy Sonnets

Can someone help me label the stressed and unstressed syllables for the holy sonnet 1? THOU hast made me, and shall...

This sonnet, written by John Donne, is penned in iambic pentameter. This means that each line contains ten syllables each, grouped into five (hence, the prefix "penta-") "feet" or two-syllable...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2017 10:20 pm UTC

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In John Donne's "Holy Sonnet 14" which begins with "Batter my heart, three-personed God," what sort of relationship...

Donne uses forceful and startling comparisons in his Holy Sonnet 14 to show the strength of his conviction in his quest to know God intimately. The initial four lines beg God not to hold back in...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2018 12:18 am UTC

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In religious poetry, John Donne explores his feeling towards God, just as in secular poetry he explores his feelings...

In the early part of his life, John Donne wrote poetry about love—he was, in fact, a partier and a womanizer. However, as he grew older—and perhaps because of his marriage and his growing faith—his...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2012 9:35 am UTC

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What is the word "knock" an example of in this excerpt from "Batter my heart, three-person'd God" (Holy Sonnet 14):...

The first two lines of John Donne's poem "Holy Sonnet 14" express the speaker's desire that God figuratively beat ("batter") his heart so that he can be a better person and a better Christian. The...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2019 1:15 am UTC

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Can someone help me figure out the holy sonnet 1 on this website. I have been trying for the past couple hours and...

First off, I can say that from the perspective of a university-level poetry professor, your frustration with understanding meter is totally common; my students frequently struggle to understand how...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2017 11:15 pm UTC

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How does John Donne talk and think about the enlightenment in his poems?  

John Donne, the great English poet, lived in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. He thus lived well before the so-called “Enlightenment,” which is usually associated with the late...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2011 1:51 pm UTC

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Are there any contradictions or inconsistencies between John Donne's Holy Sonnet 14 to his depiction of true religion...

I do not find any contradiction between John Donne's Holy Sonnet 14 and his Satire 3. In Satire 3, John Donne is telling people how important it is to see to their faith, while Sonnet 14 speaks...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2011 10:07 am UTC

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What does "idly, yet quickly run, hath this last pace" mean?

This line appears in one of John Donne's Holy Sonnets, this one called "This is My Play's Last Scene." In this sonnet, Donne imagines himself on his deathbed. The quote in fuller context reads as...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2018 8:03 pm UTC

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Can the Holy Sonnets be successfully translated to music?

Yes, the Holy Sonnets could successfully be translated to music. They are quite regular from a metrical point of view and feature many rhymes and assonances, two important factors to consider when...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2018 10:23 am UTC

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