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Which of John Donne's Holy Sonnets (perhaps more than one) could you argue has an interesting representation of "paradise" or "heaven," in either strict or loosely defined terms?

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In "Holy Sonnet VI," which begins “This is my play's last scene,” John Donne uses the metaphor of a play and of a race for the course of his life on earth. He represents “heaven” as the desired end, but not necessarily the inevitable outcome, of reaching the end of that course. The juxtaposition he offers is between heaven and everything else. For the speaker (presumably Donne), heaven has both the great attraction and the great mystery of being as yet unknowable. He states...

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