Batter My Heart John Donne Sonnet

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John Donne is the most original poets in English literature history, he is best known for his metaphysical poetry that brings his experience into his verse. William Shakespeare is also one of the greatest playwrights of Elizabethan dramatist because of his unique and intricate style of writing. Both Donne and Shakespeare wrote sonnets, which are fourteen-line lyric poems. In this assignment I will analyze (Batter my heart) Donne's sonnet and (Shall I compare thee to a summer's day) Shakespeare's sonnet. Part1: John Donne is the classic representative of metaphysical poetry his personality compelled to bring all his experience into his verse. He involves the natural in his writing; he uses natural expression by his learned and genius mind.…show more content…
This poem is request to God. The poem is a sonnet-a fourteen line poem. It's Italian form (Petrarchan) of sonnet with the English form (Shakespearean sonnet), With the rhyming scheme abbaabba (octave) followed by cdccdc. Also, there is alteration phrase "break, blow, burn” . Batter my heart, three-personed God. It is a metaphor for the Holy Trinity of the Christian religion. Donne uses a striking simile-"like an usurpt town"-to show his undesired position, like a city that being appropriated by an enemy. He uses the phrase blacksmith to compare God to a blacksmith and himself to an object. Also the image of a door used, to compare his heart to a door and he asks God not to gently knock but batter it to enter his heart. Another metaphor is the town; it’s compared to his heart and the owner to…show more content…
He wants to be with God because he loves him, but is completely given over to God's enemy. The speaker orders God to break the bonds to be free and come back to God. He uses alliteration in the fourth line, “Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new.” Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day In this poem the poet is talking to someone he loves. This poem is a sonnet. It consists of 14 lines. The form of this poem is called a Shakespearean sonnet which forms 14 lines of a rhyme a b a b c d c d e f e f g g . He used the Iambic Pentameter in the whole poem. Shall I compare thee to a summer's day: The speaker starts the poem with a rhetorical question and he compares the person he loves to a nice day of the summer. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May: He compares the wind to a man who is shaking the person he loves. In line 5, 'the eye of heaven' refers to the sun. There is an alliteration of the (f) sound in line 7 "Every fair from fair sometimes decline" There is a personification in line 11. The death described as a braggart or empty

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