John Donne

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

Death Be Not Proud - Poem by John Donne

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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Form: Sonnet

Comments about Death Be Not Proud by John Donne

  • Michael Pruchnicki (4/21/2008 8:33:00 AM)

    I don't know about ultimate statements of defiance or everlasting
    connections between poet and God, but I do know that Donne's
    sonnet represents a monument of metaphysical poetry. Yes, he
    was obsessed with death, but he also yearned for union with God
    and ultimate salvation. How he expressed that obsession and
    yearning in his poetry was in the striking imagery and the use of
    ordinary speech, new for his time (17th century) and place.

    Metaphysical poetry is marked by highly complex and greatly
    compressed meanings. Read the sonnet with these features in
    mind and compare it to some of today's poetry and note the
    similar tone and attitude! (Report) Reply

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  • Brian Dorn Brian Dorn (7/25/2006 9:32:00 AM)

    The ultimate statement of defiance... death has no infinate power, it's simply a momentary state which quickly gives way to eternal life. (Report) Reply

  • Les Lieberman (6/28/2006 12:57:00 PM)

    Contrary to what others may think, I believe this poem bespeaks of the everlasting connection Donne believed he had with the Eternal. Yea, though Death stalked him, as well as all, royal or base, in the After-life he would rejoice in everlasting happiness. This thought made him unafraid of the mundane problem of Death, as he believed that Death was only a minor inconvenience to be endured by all people on their way to the glorious here-after! In it, he attempts to rise above the temporal and claim a 'moral high-ground! ' (Report) Reply

  • John Donne (11/26/2005 4:28:00 AM)

    This poem is a wonderful masterpiece created by John Donne. Although John comments on the futile ways of death trying to scare us, the extreme aggression implies that deep down inside, he is still unsure and afraid of the 'unknown'. (Report) Reply

  • David Zvekic (6/24/2005 11:48:00 AM)

    I wonder......... Who's laughing now? (Report) Reply

  • Awolowo Odutuga (3/31/2005 5:56:00 AM)

    It's a poetic extolment of man's immortality inspite of death.The human soul is only being help back to his creator where he rests. (Report) Reply

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