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

Batter my heart (Holy Sonnet 14) Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this poem?


In keeping with its metaphysical style, our speaker never makes anything totally explicit, but he pretty clearly raises the idea of a violent sexual encounter with God. He closes the poem by wishing that God would "ravish" him to establish his chastity. It's a paradox, but the word choices here suggest a sexual encounter.

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