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(24 January 1572 - 31 March 1631 / London, England)

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Death Be Not Proud

Death be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not soe,
For, those, whom thou think'st, thou dost overthrow,
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  • Charlotte Westbury (2/25/2012 2:48:00 PM)

    What word is stroake? I can't seem to make it fit into this awesome poem! Thanks! !

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  • Claudia Krizay (4/21/2011 5:24:00 PM)

    I like this poem because it reminds me of John Gunther's book about his son who died of brain cancer 'Death Be Not Proud' -a very moving poem with a lot of meaning and depth-

  • Kimberly Kastner (11/28/2010 2:48:00 PM)

    It's about how even though we die physically, our souls still live on forever. Death can never, ever take our souls and spirits away, and so It/He should 'be not proud.' Great poem; I liked it even though it took me a while to decipher ye olde spelling! : -)

  • Adriana Salomon (4/21/2010 6:19:00 PM)

    awesome! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  • Kevin Straw (4/21/2010 5:45:00 AM)

    Donne here personifies death, just as love is often personified in poetry. I do not believe he is assuaging his own fear of death, Donne, I feel was a spritual hero. He is satirising death here, whom some think mighty, because he believes that death, despite his universal activity, is but the door to a better life. I imagine Donne having a good laugh at death's expense as he writes this poem.

  • Ramesh T A (4/21/2010 2:55:00 AM)

    Death is just as birth in the world! Then why should we be afraid of death at all?

  • Nicholas Schumacher (1/25/2010 8:25:00 PM)

    I wonder if Death is ever jealous of life...... I believe I shall have it recited at my funeral.

  • Andrew Hoellering (10/16/2009 3:20:00 AM)

    'Death thou shalt die' is superb affrontery in the face of a force that men fear as all-conquering.Donne may well be assuaging his own fears, but what he produces by way of reassurance is an immortal poem.

  • Andrew Hoellering (10/16/2009 3:19:00 AM)

    'Death thou shalt die' is superb affrontery in the face of a force that men fear as all-conquering.Donne may well be assuaging his own fears, but what he produces by way of reassurance is an immortal poem.

  • Sangnam Nam (5/26/2009 8:03:00 PM)

    Death, you have found somebody dead and long gone
    back here sound and high-spirited.

    Lisa Nam is Sangnam Nam is Nam.

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