Holy Sonnets 14: Batter my heart, three-person'd God

John Donne, read by Adam Foulds


Holy Sonnets 14: Batter my heart, three-person'd God

John Donne, read by Adam Foulds


Poem introduction

This poem is a song that gets stuck in my head. I find myself reciting the opening lines in the shower and at other odd moments. It’s an astonishing bit of musical writing, all percussion and brass. Reciting the entirety of the poem raises the heart rate. It is urgent, helpless, chastising, intellectualising, and erotic. It wants everything different. It’s trying to persuade God to react.

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