ubikcan

March 17, 2007

PKD’s favorite poem

Filed under: philip k. dick — ubikcan @ 12:23 pm

I was finally putting a book jacket protector on my Gollancz First Edition of The Transmigration of Timothy Archer (wow, purchased in December 1982 it sez here) when the book opened to this poem by John Donne. Dick says it is his favorite Donne poem:

Batter my heart, three person’d God; for, you
As yet but knocke, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise, and stand, o’erthrow mee, and bend
Your force, to breake, blowe, burn and make me new.I, like an usurpt towne, to’another due,
Labour to’admit you, but Oh, to no end,
Reason your viceroy in mee, mee should defend,
But is captiv’d, and proves weake or untrue.
Yet dearely’ I love you, and would be loved faine,
But am betroth’d unto your enemie:
Divorce mee, untie, or breake that knot againe,
Take mee to you, imprison mee, for I
Except you enthrall mee, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish mee.

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Interesting discussion of the poem and Donne’s change of faith… resonates with PKD’s struggle with God in a world that contains evil.

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