This poem is an expression of a struggling sinner, a desperate cry seeking for salvation power by extreme measures. In this case, the speaker achieves that mix by claiming that he can only overcome sin and achieve spiritual purity if he is forced by God in the most physical, violent, and carnal terms imaginable. . On the one hand, Donne wishes to surrender himself entirely to God; on the other, he needs to feel that the self-claimed by God is still the unique Donne. Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend, But is captived, and proves weak or untrue. It's a different kind of language, and one we don't see elsewhere in the poem. Secondly, he goes on to show that he needs God to break him down.
God has knocked at him, blown his breath through his bellows and lighted the fire of his love and mercy to purify him and reshape him. By 1615 he became a priest because King James I ordered him to do so. This desperation drives the entire poem from the very first word to the last. This poem, written , sees Donne calling upon God to take hold of him and consume him, in a collection of images that are at once deeply spiritual and physically arresting. His learned, charismatic, and inventive preaching made him a highly influential presence in London. It will also be an act of sacrilege because a temple will be destroyed. But this may be because he wants to show the power of God, that even though there are various factors that affects a certain person, yet still, God remains powerful and can make or break you, depending on how you want it to be.
Nature is the subject of the poem and the description of the natural objects is appealing to the senses that help him feel the breeze and see the daffodils. In nearly every sentence Donne writes, there is an example of such a paradox. The poet prays to God in his threefold capacity as the father, the son, and the Holy Ghost to batter his heart and reshape it. Apart from poems, Donne also wrote translations, epigrams, elegies, satires, among others. The diction and the rhythm of the poem is harsh to underscore the initial process of demolishing the old man. It's a huge pole of wood, possibly with a ram carving on the front. This is the aspect of Donne which prefigures and possibly influenced a poet of 250 years later, the Victorian religious poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, who often addresses God in the same breathless, excited way that we see in this sonnet.
The speaker is quite aware that he is powerless on his own. 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. Many great poets like William Wordsworth come from this place. If you ask your mother to make your bed for you every day, you can imagine what she's going to say. The speaker has a truly passionate longing to be absolutely faithful to his God, but at the same time is rendered hopeless by the reality that he cannot possibly achieve this on his own. He is known as the founder of the , a term created by Samuel Johnson, an eighteenth-century English essayist, poet, and philosopher. The primary technical device in this poem is the use of contradicting ideas, or paradoxes.
If you ask your uncle for a million dollars, chances are you are going to be disappointed -- unless your uncle is a multimillionaire. The poem is both a total surrender to an all-powerful God, and — through its extraordinary verbal energy, as in the very first line — an assertion of Donne's personality. According to Pearson Education, perhaps being burnt was a metaphor. He then counters this statement by saying that he dearly loves the Lord, and he wishes to be loved back. The primary technical device in this poem is the use of contradicting ideas, or paradoxes.
But all these methods ended without attaining the end Objective. Lines 3-4 That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend Your force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new. It stirs emotion inside of the readers and holds their attention with the harsh reality that this poem is the description of nearly all people who have faith. These final lines depict the paradox of the faith. In each breath released or word murmured by this character, the reader is perfectly aware that he is at the last of any strength he may have previously had.
He wrote his private prayers, Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, during a period of severe illness and published them in 1624. Created by on August 6, 1996. Donne is most aware of his situation and wants God to not only be in his life, but he wants to be overthrown and shaped into whatever God wants him to be. It is apparent that Donne is in the midst of a struggle with good and evil, and begins with a plea to God to enter his heart by any means necessary and rid him of the evil that has taken over. Donne is a struggling sinner, and the poem is his desperate cry for help.
This is a conceit, a metonymy, and even a paradox. Notice the alliteration on line 4 and the emphasis on this strong and violent verbs. The poem is about a man who is desperately pleading with his God to change him. If you ask your aunt for a knife so you can stab your cousin, you're likely to be out of luck -- unless your aunt on her own wants the kid out of the way. He requests to have his heart battered. The words of the poem are harsh and severe.