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Death Is Nothing At All

Rating: 4.2

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.

Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
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Chris Williams 30 October 2013

Death is nothing at all Isn't it? This is an awful poem which tries to pretend death is nothing - but those who have experienced a death will know death is not nothing. I think any hope in death must first be found after facing the fact that death is 'something' - and to many people a very big something.

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David Teton-landis 17 August 2014

The poem above has one line deleted (What is death but a negligible accident?) , and as R Ho mentioned, extra lines added after all is well that were not part of the original, which is an excerpt from a 1910 sermon by HSH, (which itself appears to be an adaptation of a poem by St. Augustine, Love Never Disappears) . The HSH sermon is available here in its entirety: http: //en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_King_of_Terrors

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David Booth 05 February 2014

When my darling wife died tragically at 35, I was given this poem by my sister in law. It still brings lots of tears but they are warm tears. What spititual insight! Of course it would mean nothing to me without several visits from Rebekah after she had passed which made me realise that there is a spirit world/dimension. Death is nothing to fear but it sure hurts the loved ones left behind. Learn your lessons, have fun and look forward to going home. By the way, the poem is by Charles Peguy.

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R Ho 17 March 2014

The version which I'm familiar with has additional lines after All is well. Nothing is past; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before. How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again! Peace to all.

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Robin Evans 26 January 2014

Chris, I feel you are missing the point of the poem. for all those who have lost a loved one death certainly is a very big something as yo say. But this poem is meant to give hope that there is indeed something after so called death and we will all meet once again with those we love. If you look at it in that light you may see it diferently.

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Lethu Mzobe 31 August 2021

What is the mood of this poem?

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Vernon Blake 24 August 2021

For Christians this must be a comforting poem. For humanists it is not. The death of someone we have loved is a very big thing and such words take us nowhere.

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Richard Jarboe 30 June 2021

Beckett said death is the biggest swindle of all. It looks like you might agree. I do. Good work, ric

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Mustafa Test 11 June 2021

Good poem!

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