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?

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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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