Poem of the Week: Holy Sonnet 14 by John Donne

26 October 2012

simply beautiful.
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We recently studied this poem in my tutorial's literature class, and the vivid vocabulary and desperate undertone are so potent that I felt the need to share it this morning. The author's words echo those of every Christian: he seeks to love and be loved by God, but he finds himself still chained to the wiles of the Devil. He begs that the Lord release him from his fetters and enthrall him once more. The lines cut to my heart with the salty taste of guilt. Too often have I ignored God's will in my life and pleased only  myself. It is my prayer that He will draw me closer to him, break the ties of sin that bind me, and draw me into His heavenly embrace.

Holy Sonnet 14
By John Donne

Batter my heart, three-person'd God ; for you
As yet but knock ; breathe, shine, and seek to mend ;
That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend
Your force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new.
I, like an usurp'd town, to another due,
Labour to admit you, but O, to no end.
Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend,
But is captived, and proves weak or untrue.
Yet dearly I love you, and would be loved fain,
But am betroth'd 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.

What poems have inspired you as of late? Feel free to link up below and share the verses that make your heart soar.

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