Study Guide

Batter my heart (Holy Sonnet 14) Sex Rating

By John Donne

Sex Rating

R

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.