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John Donne is one of the many poets of his time who wrote religious poetry The way he writes sets him apart from the other poets as he manages to successfully subvert the traditional conventions to his own ends Each of the religious poems Batter my heart and Hymne to God my God in my sicknesse shows Donnes verbal dexterity manipulation of the conventional form and use of a variety of textual features For the religious sonnet Batter my heart the conventional form is that the writer would adopt a subservient tone Donne manipulates this form by adopting an aggressive commanding tone In this poem God is called upon like a blacksmith transforming metal to fix the misshapen sinner The speaker professes that he is conquered by sin and needs to be released God is then called upon again to show the sinner love and save the speaker The opening quatrain lines of the poem contain a multitude of strong monosyllabic verbs eg Batter breake blow burn that displays a forceful alliteration on b These verbs each emphasise the idea and imagery of banging in a blacksmiths shop God is perceived to be the blacksmith moulding the sinner Donne sees himself as an imperfect piece of metal In line 3 That I may rise and stand oerthrow mee and bend Donne uses a paradox to show that only by being assaulted by god can he imagine himself worthy of Gods attention This paradox helps to convey the underlying violent theme In the second quatrain I like an usurpt town Donne uses metaphysical conceit to compare himself to a town that has been taken over by an invading force the devil This conceit further helps to convey the violentmilitary themes and imagery In the last four lines of the sonnet Donne uses a double paradox Take mee to you imprison mee for I Except you enthrall mee never shall be free In the first paradox
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