Structure and versification in Redemption

A sonnet!

It may not have struck you immediately that Redemption is a sonnet. Sonnets are not usually employed to tell stories, though they are used to pose problems and offer solutions. And the poet does have a problem, and does get a solution. The sonnet form is the Shakespearean or English form of the sonnet: three quatrains and a couplet. The couplet is meant to carry the twist, which it surely does. The couplet, however, does not stand detached: the enjambement of l.12 hurries us into it almost unexpectedly, whereas traditionally, there is a significant pause before the punch lines are delivered. But like the poet, we are rushed into the surprise ending. Also the sonnet form (as with Prayer) carries its secular association of love into its new theological setting.

Investigating Redemption
  • Where do you think the effect of Redemption lies?
  • What would be the major differences between this sonnet and one of Donne's Holy Sonnets?
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