• Submitted By: Sukhjeet
  • Date Submitted: 08/02/2014 8:41 PM
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At the round earth's imagined corners (Holy Sonnet 7)

Donne tells the heavenly angels to fire up Judgment Day. Like the conductor of a symphony, he commands them to blow their trumpets in all parts of the world. The trumpets will awaken the souls of all dead people. The souls will be reunited with their bodies, like it says in the Bible.

Naturally, the collection of all deceased people in the world is going to include both good and bad folks. According to the Christian tradition, on Judgment Day, the good will be separated from the bad, which explains why the speaker wants everyone to wake up.

Then he tells God, essentially, "Wait, I didn't mean I wanted Judgment Day now. We've got to let those dead people sleep for a bit." Also, the speaker wants time to mourn for the dead and for his own sins. He worries that if he hasn't repented enough for his sins, he had better do his repenting on earth, before it's too late.

He asks God to teach him how to repent so he can be in the goodcategory on Judgment Day. If God would only teach him repentance, the effect would be the same as if God had signed a pardon with his own blood. But here's the twist: according to Christian beliefs, Godalready signed this pardon (metaphorically speaking) when he sent Jesus to earth to shed his blood for humanity's sins.


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Donne incorporates the Renaissance notion of the human body as a microcosm into his love poetry. During the Renaissance, many people believed that the microcosmic human body mirrored the macrocosmic physical world. According to this belief, the intellect governs the body, much like a king or queen governs the land. Many of Donne’s poems—most notably “The Sun Rising” (1633), “The Good-Morrow” (1633), and “A Valediction: Of Weeping” (1633)—envision a lover or pair of lovers as being entire worlds unto themselves. But rather than use the analogy to imply that the whole world can be compressed into a small space, Donne uses...

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