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Holy Sonnets 9 vs. Jewish Thought Class This poem has some aspects that are similar to what I have been studying in Senior Seminar: Jewish Thought. The subject matter is the same: original sin and the concept of inherent evil. The way in which Judaism seems to deal with these concepts varies, but generally differs from the way Donne deals with them. The fact that original sin is referred to is contrary to Judaism’s view of sin. Genesis states that “at the entrance, sin crouches”, meaning that sin is not in humans, but rather, waiting as an inclination that could be followed, but should not be followed. This is a contradiction with the sonnet, because original sin states that every human is born with the sin of Adam and Eve, Something the correlated directly with the general Judaic view is the act
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Unformatted text preview: repenting. Though the means are much different in the sonnet, the intent is the same: to repay G-d for sins that one has executed. The difference in execution of repentance is that Donne looks straight to G-d instead of looking to humans who he has wronged. This first step in Judaism is impossible for Donne because his sin was against G-d, but it wasn’t really his sin. A paradox is embodied just within the poem as well: “But who am I, that dare dispute with thee?” Questioning G-d is well accepted in most Judaic practices, and this Christian poem is doing this. The connections are endless as well as the difference, but the main differences are the presence of original sin in the sonnet, and the process of repentance....
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