Holy Sonnets Summary
John Donne

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Holy Sonnets Overview

John Donne's Holy Sonnets, published in 1633 but written decades earlier, consist of 19 devotional sonnets written to, for, and about God. The sonnets often dramatize the difficulty the speaker has reconciling his sinful life on earth with salvation in Heaven. Devoted to God but tempted by Satan, the speaker agonizes over whether he will receive Christ's mercy in the end or whether he will be damned. The sonnets explore themes of penitence, violence, and the conflation of the erotic with the spiritual.

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