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I was completely blown away by John Donnes Batter My Heart I normally enjoy poetry more than any other Literary form and this poem was no exception aside from the fact it meant more than any other When the poem was first introduced to me in class I was very impressed and deeply intrigued With every personal reading of the work in the text I draw something new from it I believe this poem has caused in me more thought and self-inspection than any other poem I have ever encountered The following will be the thoughts and feelings evoked within me by this poem Each word is a reflection of what I now can see by my reading of Batter My Heart In every individual a battle between good and evil is constantly occurring Inside one who is a Christian the battles seem to be more often and more intense than in those without Christ I believe the reason for this is that Satan has no need to cause pain to those who have no one besides him For Christians the devils goal is to cause us to fall and fail in whatever way possible so that we can not be effective witnesses for Christ Also added to the battle is the fact that the Lord allows and often sends trials to come our way In Donnes Batter My Heart he appropriately and fully describes the multiple paradoxes found in the difficult act of being a Christian and loving Christ completely These paradoxes intrigued me None of them had ever occurred to me before my reading of the poem and my understanding of each paradox grew each and every time I read The word usage in this poem was tremendous and extremely successful in conveying the author s thoughts and feelings where God is concerned I felt what he was thinking as if I was thinking along with him Donne asked God
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