“Holy Poems” (1609) ( two kinds of poems: sexual (love) and religious
Batter my heart, three-person'd God, for you A
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, andseek to mend; B
That I may rise and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend B
Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new.A
I, like an usurp'd town to'another due, A
Labor to'admit you, but oh, to noend; B
Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend, B
But is captiv'd, and proves weak or untrue. A
Yet dearly'I love you, and would be lov'd fain, C
But am betroth'd unto your enemy; D
Divorceme,'untie or break that knot again, C
Take me to you, imprison me, for I, D
Except you'enthrall me, never shall be free, E
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me. E
Of the first stanza we cansee how in the second and fourth verse there are a list of adjectives of similar meaning but stronger in the fourth (knock – break, shine – burn). Also in these verses, the author talks, firstly about“mending” or repairing him to make him a new person (make me new).
In the second stanza is comparing himself with a town which depends on an other; this will be the same as saying that he is beingdominated by the devil. Also, he says that the “viceroy” (the representation of God in the earth) instated of defending and helping him from devil is showing himself as weak and untrue (unfaithful ( withno faith) in front of God’s enemy.
The third stanza is the most important one because is where the poetic voice asks for God’s help. In the first two verses he says that he loves god but he isengaged (betrothed) with his enemy (devil). In the other verses the author is claiming for help asking God to divorce him of the devil and to bring him with God. It’s reliable to remark that what is reallyimportant for the Christians (marriage), here is associated with the devil.
Finally, in the last stanza, we see that he demands to God to take him as a servant (enthral me) so that he will be...