An Analysis of Holy Sonnet 9, a Poem by John Donne
By "damned," the speaker means, "rejected by God"--doomed to reside in a place separated from the presence of God. The chief fear of the speaker is a fear of not having God's favor after death. Answer "d" is the most appropriate answer. By "born in me" the speaker is referring to "intent or reason" that has been part of him since birth. At this point the speaker is still questioning God's decision to hold rational beings morally accountable, and he may be implying, "God should not punish me for being a rational being if he himself, the creator, made reason be born inside me.
If you give the words of this question an ordinary, colloquial order, "wrath" comes last. In presenting the line, "And mercy being easy and glorious," a reader should give three syllables to "glorious. Here are the ten syllables: and, mer, cy, be'n, ea, sy, and, glor, i, ous. See also question and commentary 5. Line 8. The best of the three answers is answer "a. The speaker is not thinking that God's wrath is merely gloomy "stern" may mean "gloomy" or that that God threatens by means of wrath God threatens mainly by means of his power to damn eternally.
Also, though "stern" may mean "pitiless," the speaker is not thinking of God's wrath as pitiless see question and commentary 15, related to "blood" and is not thinking that God's threats are merely a result of his wrath. The most appropriate answer is answer "b": "the second line. The irregularity in the rhythm of the line corresponds with an irregularity in the speaker, a strong passion, as he gives up his protest against God's rules, cries see the reference to "tears" , and begs God's show of mercy through forgetfulness.
The best of the three answers is answer "c. The speaker is referring to the blood of Christ, which alone has the power to take away the sins of mortals is "only worthy". The blood of Christ is also the blood of God, who is three persons in one. The only fitting answer is answer "a. The best answer is answer "b. Here's a rearrangement: And drown my sins' black memory in it.
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The "it" refers to the "heavenly Lethean flood. The most appropriate answer is answer "a," but it does not in itself give a satisfactory paraphrase of this difficult segment. By "sins' black memory, " the speaker means something like, "the black memories you have of my sins. Answer "b" is best. The speaker seems to be declaring, "Some say I owe you a debt for my sins, and that I must pay the debt by having you remember my sins and hold me accountable for them.
John Donne. Holy Sonnet IX If poisonous minerals, and if that tree, Whose fruit threw death on else immortal us, If lecherous goats, if serpents envious Cannot be damn'd, alas!
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Reading of Holy Sonnet IX. Commentary The speaker expresses his desire that his past sins might be erased and he be forgiven as easily as the Blessed Heavenly Father forgives the unpleasantries of his lesser evolved creatures. Second Quatrain: Nothing too Difficult for the Infinite Creator Why should intent or reason, born in me, Make sins, else equal, in me more heinous?
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Reading of "Death's Duel". Questions must be on-topic, written with proper grammar usage, and understandable to a wide audience. Question: What tree is the poem referring to in the first line? Answer: The "tree" in the first line is an allusion to the Garden of Eden's "tree of the knowledge of good and evil," a metaphor for the human body.
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This supports the Maven widget and search functionality. This is an ad network. His love to God is compared to war. There is God on one side and temptation and sin on the other side. This metaphor indicates that in the past the lyric persona gave in to temptation. It stresses the sinfulness of his current way of living but also awareness of his faults. He desires a reciprocated love. His love to God is greater than his promise to the devil.
The rhyming couplet includes a paradox. His pursuit of freedom and his promise just concern his mundane life. The lyric persona however leaves it to the divine power if his life on earth is worth those promises and pursuits or not. The ideal life follows the Words of God. So he is rather enthralled by him, so there is no big distance between them.
Just the idea of ravishment by God is a provocative image. It shows how determined the lyric persona is, to be with God and experience his power and especially his love.
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The lyric persona argues that he cannot be free in his faith except he is captivated and guided by God. Besides the paradox, the order of the two phrases is similar in syntax but the sequence of the corresponding words is altered.
Also the lyric persona is the only active person within the Sonnet. Ruotolo, Lucio P. Journal of the History of Ideas, Vol.