Study Guide

A Hymn to God the Father Tough-o-Meter

By John Donne

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(4) Base Camp

Though the "thous" and "thys" are a bit old-fashioned, and there are a few little-used words like "heretofore" and "score," the poem itself is pretty straightforward. Even the wordplay isn't too tricky: "done" may be a play on "Donne," but then again it may also just be a coincidence. Donne has definitely written some difficult poems in his day, but this isn't one of them.

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