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Donnes Holy Sonnet Five confronts multiple inner spiritual and physical struggles while twisting together the struggles between science and religion With the author claiming himself as a little world he uses the metaphor to tie together both his physical and the spiritual struggles with evil The poem then becomes not just a personal piece but a religious political one confronting the new discoveries of the world Donnes cunning battle between himself and evil seems to reflect nicely with his concern of sciences new discoveries He ends his poem echoing the passage from Psalm 699 and showing the weave of the three fires found within himself and within the path of Gods ways The sonnet is a variation of the Italian octave form It is syntactically organized and doesnt rhyme The author has distorted the traditional stanzaic patterns by making the last two quatrains five lines and deleting the ending couplet The author uses the first quatrain to introduce him as if he was an actual world thus playing on the scientific concept of a world made of elements and a world composed of spirituality I am a little world made cunningly Of elements and an angelic sprite But black sin hath betrayed to endless night My worlds both parts and O both parts must die Right away the reader interprets that the author is a little world and can see the comparison of how this world is made both of elements which refers to the material substances that the world is composed of and of angelic sprite which refers to his spirituality He then continues with how evil black sin has seduced the both parts of his world This seduction is the betrayal that he mentions and the both parts actually means that the evil has affected him physically like sexual interaction and spiritually as if the thoughts of the lust and sex or deceit have taken space in his mind and
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