The Question and Answer section for John Donne: Poems is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Does the speaker sound like a cocky trash-talker, or is he just trying to talk himself out of being afraid? Could it be both? What is the effect of addressing the poem to something that can’t talk back?
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In Holy Sonnet XIV, the speaker's concern is the state of his soul, and his desire to be purified.
"A dramatic monologue is a type of poem in which the speaker is directly addressing and talking to some other person. The speaker in such poems usually speaks alone, in a one way conversation, and so it is called a monologue."