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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Comments about Death Be Not Proud by John Donne

  • (12/10/2017 9:47:00 AM)


    I Love to read the Poem. (Report) Reply

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  • (11/27/2017 11:48:00 AM)


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

  • (11/9/2017 4:41:00 AM)


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

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


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

  • Suresh Raavi (6/23/2017 7:45:00 PM)


    Deep thoughts & very good poem (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (1/14/2017 11:03:00 PM)

    Death Be Not Proud
    This poem gives death human form. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (1/3/2017 4:27:00 PM)

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    life and death go hand in hand, you cannot have one with out the other? not yet anyway. (Report) Reply

  • Osazee Dankaro (9/26/2016 10:35:00 AM)


    A reminder that death is not the worst thing that can happen to man. Death too shall die. (Report) Reply

  • (9/18/2016 2:16:00 PM)


    it is an optimistic view point towards death. (Report) Reply

  • Melissa Patty (7/26/2016 5:01:00 PM)


    Powerful piece of writing! (Report) Reply

  • Folorunso Oladipo Daniel (5/25/2016 3:19:00 PM)


    This poem reminds me a proverb saying he that is called and to whom that he called, all shall end one day. Just as poem portrays death in reference to the biblical revelation that a time is nigh when death himself will be put to 'death'. (Report) Reply

  • Kumar Dheeraj (2/9/2016 2:33:00 PM)


    One of the best examples of apostrophe..........
    The central theme revolves around the temporary existence of death to us.To poet Death seems to be nothing,
    or a temporary sleep that comes to body but not to the souls........According to poet, death is something that makes us sleep for a while, but when the soul leaves the body, perhaps we wake in some other sense in another world and hence death never comes..........
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  • (11/29/2015 12:08:00 AM)


    A deep poem centering around death and Death as a symbol; Death, who is master of death and cannot die, except Donne gave death to Death in his poem at the end like a poet who can slum it with the best poets. (Report) Reply

  • (10/18/2015 8:07:00 PM)


    Love it! (Report) Reply

  • (10/17/2015 3:26:00 AM)


    This poem regardless of how many times i read it....it is in my top A list poems.......i lu it (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Dela Sulh (losembe) (7/1/2015 10:31:00 PM)


    Not ready yet, neither are you. Let me live poor death (Report) Reply

  • Thabani Khumalo (6/16/2015 8:56:00 AM)


    I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to.i (Report) Reply

  • (5/16/2015 10:36:00 AM)


    One of my favorites (Report) Reply

  • Ishita Chakrabarty (8/14/2014 1:56:00 PM)


    This poem is amazing.Short but lucid.What I love about poems is that you are left to construe the lines on your own :) Death annihilates only on a superficial level since soul is immortal. (Report) Reply

  • (6/17/2014 11:14:00 PM)


    .............so nicely he penned this poem on a theme, which is a great cause of anxiety.... (Report) Reply



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