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Batter My Heart by John Donne


"Batter My Heart" is a poem written by John Donne. Donne speaks of his love of God. He tells God that he can do whatever he wants to him, but his love will never escape him. He has been hurt in many ways, but his belief and love remains.

This poem is made up of only one stanza; however, it contains fourteen lines. It has the rhyme scheme of ABBAABBACDCDEE.

This poem can also be seen as a type of prayer to God. He is saying how much he loves him, and people should take the time out of their lives to really think about how much they love God like Donne does here.


Batter My Heart

Batter my heart, three-person'd 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 usurp'd town to'another due,
Labor to'admit you, but oh, to no end;
Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend,
But is captiv'd, and proves weak or untrue.
Yet dearly'I love you, and would be lov'd fain,
But am betroth'd 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.

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