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Batter my heart (Holy Sonnet 14)

Batter my heart (Holy Sonnet 14)

by John Donne

Analysis: What's Up With the Title?

Holy Sonnet 14 is part of a larger series of Holy Sonnets that Donne published in the early 1600s. This happens to be the 14th, which isn't all that important. The significant part here is that Donne adopts the sonnet form, which was previously concerned mainly with the speaker's love for a woman. In turning the traditional object of love away from a woman and toward God, Donne demonstrates his fixation with blending earthly and sacred forms of love.

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