The Holy Sonnets By making many references to the Bible, John Donneís Holy Sonnets reveal his want to be accepted and forgiven by God. A fear of death without Godís forgiveness of sins is conveyed in these sonnets. Donne expresses extreme anxiety and fright that Satan has taken over his soul and God wonít forgive him for it or his sins. A central theme of healing and forgiveness imply that John Donne,
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through and analyzing the Holy Sonnets, it is clear to me that John Donne had a great appreciation for God. He used his writing to express his love for God. In the Holy Sonnets, there are many allusions made to the Bible and references to Satan. By doing so, not only could he praise God, he could degrade all of those opposing God and what seemed to be one of Donneís biggest fears, death.