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The characteristics of metaphysical poetry can be seen throughout John Donnes Holy Sonnet VI By looking at the topic setting theme stylistic features and tone in Holy Sonnet VI we can grasp an understanding of the characteristics of metaphysical poetry The subject of Holy Sonnet VI is a prayer to God asking him to forgive him He states in line 12 that he doesnt want God to judge him by his earlier physical sins but to look at him as the Christian he is striving to become This topic is also used by John Donne in his later poems when he is trying to compensate for the physical sins he committed as a young man Holy Sonnet VI is written directly to God The setting of Holy Sonnet VI is possibly a church where John Donne can pray to God without being disturbed because the tone and topic of this poem fit such a setting He has also chosen a personal voice for this poem which is a common feature of metaphysical poetry However I do not believe the setting is important to understand this poem completely because it is merely a personal message from him to God independent of its surroundings Personal voice is part of the setting because it explains who is talking in the poem John Donnes Holy Sonnet VI explains that God should in his opinion judge the spirit of people and not judge them by their physical sins He expresses that people cannot help their physical sins in line 11 because the temptations are too great He also writes in line 7 that if God judges his spirit he has no fear of death because his spirit is pure and holy The overall theme here is that the state of the soul is more important than past physical sins By looking at this poem one can see that it has a metaphysical themes that is it is written
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