John Donne: Poems

Donne’s Relationship with God College

“Holy Sonnet XIV” written by John Donne is a poem that emphasizes Donne’s desire for a more intimate relationship with God. The words that Donne chooses in this poem insinuates that he wants a platonically intimate relationship with God, but the ambiguous meanings of the words could be grasped as Donne’s desire for God to abuse him sexually. The sexual imagery that Donne uses is so descriptively abusive, it could also be portrayed as rape imagery. Donne equally uses religious and sexual representations to further emphasize the closeness in which he wants to have with God.

Donne uses harsh language in “Holy Sonnet XIV” to show that he is infatuated with the idea of God abusing him in a sexual way. Donne wants God to hit his heart repeatedly instead of gently asking Donne to come into God's arms and accept God’s word. In the book of Revelations, God says in Revelations behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelations.3.20). God is a benevolent being a shining figure, and seeking broken souls to mend, pointed out in line two when Donne says in the poem “as yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend” (Donne line 2)....

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