Sunday, July 19, 2009

in regards to the name of this blog...

The name of this site is taken from the opening line of one of my most cherished poems. Specifically, it is the beginning of the fourteenth of the 'Holy Sonnets' by 17th c. 'metaphysical' poet John Donne. Thus, I think it fitting that, for the first post, I should let Donne speak for himself (Hayward, 1950:171-172):

Batter my heart, three person'd God; for you
As yet but knocke, breathe, shine, and seeke to mend;
That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrow mee,'and bend
Your force, to breake, blowe, burn and make me new.
I, like an usurpt towne, to'another due,
Labour to'admit you, but Oh, to no end,
Reason your viceroy in mee, mee should defend,
But is captiv'd, and proves weake or untrue.
Yet dearely'I love you,'and would be loved faine,
But am betroth'd unto your enemie:
Divorce mee,'untie, or breake that knot againe,
Take me to you, imprison mee, for I
Except you'enthrall mee, never shall be free,
Nor ever chast, except you ravish mee.

Hayward, J. (1950). Donne: Selected poetry. New York: Penguin.

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