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The Ultimate Spiritual Plateau An Analysis of John Donnes Holy Sonnet 10 In John Donnes Holy Sonnet 10 the speaker finds himself in an intense struggle to obtain the ultimate relationship which is to have God in his life He feels distant from God because of his sins and finds it difficult to accept being saved as a sinner and being free from sin The speaker wants God to enter his life but feels unworthy due to his sinful past The moral and religious qualms of the speaker are manifest during the sonnet which seem like an avowal between lovers These convictions of guilt which stem from his sexual emotions are what induce a desire for a relationship with God Donne conveys the struggle between the base reality in which we are firmly planted and our need to raise above our earthly confines with the help of God towards salvation The first quatrain shows the speakers aversion towards his mortal body and soul Like a veteran crusaders armor the speakers heart is badly in need of repair Batter my heartfor You As yet but knock breath shine and seek to mend 1-2 The language though not quite onomatopoeic reflects the process of repair and maintenance Craftsmen manipulate materials to change the outward appearance of an object blacksmiths shape metal weavers spin cloth from thread and carpenters use lumber to frame houses The physical properties of these primary materials remain unaltered For the craftsman to 2 knock breath shine andmend 2 would change only the appearance or function of the speakers heart However repair isnt what the speaker wants because his mortal defects are too great Being mended is not going to solve the problem because he will not be saved and will continue to be bogged down in his own sinful mire It is only God the creator unlike human craftsmen who is capable of this outright spiritual transfiguration
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