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The Holy Sonnets By making many references to the Bible John Donnes Holy Sonnets reveal his want to be accepted and forgiven by God A fear of death without Gods forgiveness of sins is conveyed in these sonnets Donne expresses extreme anxiety and fright that Satan has taken over his soul and God wont forgive him for it or his sins A central theme of healing and forgiveness imply that John Donne however much he wrote about God and being holy wasnt such a holy man all of the time and tried to make up for it in his writing In sonnet 1 the speaker is talking to God He tells God that his death is near He feels that with all of the sins he has committed he is leaning towards hell instead of heaven Satan has tempted him too much and he doesnt know if he can even go an hour without giving in to Satans evil ways The speaker asks God to give him wings so that he may ascend into heaven and prevent Satan from taking him to hell There is a sense of manipulation in the speaker in the beginning of the sonnet Thou hast made me and shall thy work decay In other words Youre making your own creation look bad if you dont help me to become holy again This starts out the sonnet with a bitter tone a favorable way for Donne to begin But in the end the speaker is pleading God to give him wings ending the sonnet with a sense of desperation The worried tone of the last few lines is a rather common one in the Holy Sonnets It exhibits the recurring theme of fear and need for acceptance The speaker in sonnet 5 starts off by using the metaphor that he is a world He is made craftily and of an angelike sprite implying holiness He then goes on to say
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