Batter my heart (Holy Sonnet 14)
Batter my heart (Holy Sonnet 14)
by John Donne

Tough-O-Meter

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(4) Base Camp

This poem is a great example of a poem that allows you to get from it as much you put into it. If you just want to read this poem with a general lens, it's not all that tough. There are a few moments of tricky word-choices and grammar, but a quick trip to the dictionary will give you a coherent, sensible poem about a guy who wants God to make himself known much more forcefully. If you want, though, you could bring this poem up into the 6 or 7 category by asking some tougher questions. Have at it, Shmoopster!

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