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,
Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill mee.
From rest and sleepe, which but thy pictures bee,
Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee doe goe,
Rest of their bones, and soules deliverie.
Thou art slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell,
And poppie, or charmes can make us sleepe as well,
And better then thy stroake; why swell'st thou then?
One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.

Form: Sonnet


Comments about Death Be Not Proud by John Donne

  • Ian tanui (11/13/2019 5:49:00 AM)

    Lovely... Isa world of poetry(Report)Reply

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  • Chaquanna (11/5/2019 8:21:00 AM)

    I really love this(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (10/24/2019 5:24:00 AM)

    One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally,
    And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die. // what a greatest mystical writings, excellent mystic expression on the eternal awakens(Report)Reply

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  • mabo12 (9/30/2019 2:48:00 PM)

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  • Sandeep Sansanwal (9/18/2019 10:33:00 PM)

    Relic poem by Donne(Report)Reply

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  • Fantone MdalaFantone Mdala (5/1/2019 1:15:00 PM)

    like the way you're crafting the words which makes this a great piece(Report)Reply

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  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (4/17/2019 10:23:00 AM)

    John Donne wrote the truth. Outstanding poetry.(Report)Reply

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  • Amanda (3/11/2019 2:36:00 PM)

    Death shall be no more(Report)Reply

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  • Tandokazi (2/9/2019 8:45:00 AM)

    The poet talk to death as if it refers to a human bing(Report)Reply

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  • Tandokazi (2/9/2019 8:43:00 AM)

    I enjoy this poem cause I love it(Report)Reply

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  • ikeda masako (1/7/2019 11:00:00 AM)

    Sharpened sword.(Report)Reply

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  • Muhammad MuradMuhammad Murad (10/8/2018 4:35:00 AM)

    Death, thou shalt die!
    Wonderful poem! ! !(Report)Reply

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  • Ràmashray (10/3/2018 5:43:00 AM)

    I love this poem(Report)Reply

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  • precious mtshizane (7/28/2018 2:00:00 AM)

    I love this poem. More especially stanza 1 line 1, 2, 3, 4(Report)Reply

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  • CHINONSO IGWECHINONSO IGWE (2/28/2018 3:01:00 PM)

    what an incredible poem from a legend....just telling us that death doesn't have power over us though he brags and feels full of himself.wow(Report)Reply

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  • Ezekiel Ekka (12/10/2017 9:47:00 AM)

    I Love to read the Poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Iyopuu samuel (11/27/2017 11:48:00 AM)

    So pretty, i enjoy reading the poem must especially stanza 1 line 12(Report)Reply

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  • Srikanta Kumar Rout (11/9/2017 4:41:00 AM)

    A man may be mortal, but he is immortal by his deeds.(Report)Reply

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  • Tashonda ElsammakTashonda Elsammak (7/9/2017 8:23:00 AM)

    Live this! Very deep powerful and entertaining (Report)Reply

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  • Resh Kav (6/23/2017 7:45:00 PM)

    Deep thoughts & very good poem(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2001



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