Essay heading: "As due by many titles I resign My self to thee, O God ?" (Donne) What do you see as the most interesting or challenging aspects of therelationship between the human and divine in the texts ?Jane Eyre' and the poetry of John Donne?

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A typical association with prayer is that of formality and reverence. Donne has a control over his poem in terms of form and structure in that he uses a combination of the Italian scheme (first 8 lines) and English structure (last 6 lines), but at the same time as the poem has an A-symmetry, each line is unique enhancing the fact that it is speech based and in relation to the self...
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Although a characteristic element of prayer is reverence, Donne addresses God in a detached tone calling him "three-personed God" (Line 1), and in fact this is the only time in the poem where we actually see a direct reference to God. This in turn creates an interesting aspect for the reader, as it seems as through the sonnet is not strictly about God but possibly an address to him, yet it could also be viewed as being primarily about Donne himself as the word "I" features prominently...
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