Poet 7: John Donne

I know I am supposed to be progressing through Amerian poets, but I needed a godly poet after the horrendous ungodliness of Allen Ginsburg. Plus, I combined this with my day of prayer by reading his holy sonnets.

This is my favorite. Probably because I had heard it before (as many probably have):

Holy Sonnet #14

Batter my heart, three-personed God; for, you
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend
Your force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new.
I, like an usurped town, to another due,
Labor to admit you, but oh, to no end,
Reason your viceroy in me, me should defend,
But is captived, and proves weak or untrue.
Yet dearly I love you, and would be loved fain,
But am betrothed unto your enemy:
Divorce me, untie, or break that knot again,
Take me to you, imprison me, for I
Except you enthrall me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.

Thanks John!

Didn't know this quote came from him:

No man is an Island, entire of itself;
every man is a piece of the Continent,
a part of the main.
Meditation XVII

Here is a John Donne website that is packed: http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/donne/
(Many of his poems are in audio form under "works.")

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