John Donne - Batter my Heart

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Batter My heart

If some of poems in the Anthology were to be changed, which poem would you most like the keep in the selection? Justify you choice of poem, using literary and linguistic concepts and approaches.

If I were to choose a poem to remain the selection I would choose Sonnet: ‘Batter  My Heart’ by John Donne. The reason I would choose the poem is because of the remarkable emotion portrayed and the strong, powerful imagery used. ‘Batter my heart’ is a religious poem, ultimately addressing god himself. It is a plea to god from the perspective of a sinner as he desperately tries to establish faith through argument. Trying to convince himself as much as god. The theme of desperation grows from anger to a apologetic tone. The poem is written in a colloquial fashion and true to Donnes metaphysical side, seen in his other poems. The poem is written in first person, and this is used to create a heart felt and disturbing account of Donne’s thoughts.

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        The poem is in the form of  Shakespearian sonnet, this is ironic, due to sonnets being used primarily to express love. Donne uses this to shock and further the extremity of the piece. The form of the poem splits between being imperative and apologetic. The poem begins with imperative sentences such as “ make mee new” and “ o’erthrow me”. The use of imperative sentences give an aggressive and demanding feel. Yet as I reader I can understand Donne has no real command or authority over god.  This aggression furthered through the use of the active verbs such as “ ...

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