ENG 241Katie Winkler30 November 2018Holy Sonnet #5 by John DonneHoly Sonnet #5 by John Donne is about what it means to be a human created by an all-knowing being. The purpose of the poem is to imply how a human feels between the creation of their body and the sins in the world. His body is holy because it was created by God but the world has unholy aspects that contradict with the holiness of his body, such as lust and envy, which were mentioned later in the poem. The primary conceit of the poem is that God created free will and anyone has the power to commit sin. The imagery used to convey this metaphor is in lines 1-2 when he says his body is “a little world made cunningly by elements and an angelic sprite; / But black sin hath betrayed to endless night” meaning that his body is like a “little world” that has organisms inside it to keep him alive and have free will, but sin betrays his holy body.