Sunday, May 13, 2001

Thanatopsis Comments

Rating: 3.5
To him who in the love of nature holds
Communion with her visible forms, she speaks
A various language; for his gayer hours
She has a voice of gladness, and a smile

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JAMES 23 October 2020
Not an invite to visit JC It encourages 1 to live a “proper” life and “later” accept inevitable
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Reader 14 January 2020
Michael Bullington, Bryant was a Christian. He even wrote hymns. This poem is directly addressed to people who love nature (not necessarily Christians) and teaches them how to come to terms with their personal mortality.
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Edgar Cliett 22 November 2019
This poem to me depicts the man who is at peace with God and ready to sleep at rest in the grave to meet Jesus at His second coming!
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Alissa Howell 20 April 2013
I first read this poem when I was a student in high school, and I have loved it ever since. It taught me that death is a part of life and should not be feared. So many have passed before us, and we will simply join them. It is not the end, as your body becomes part of nature and simply transforms into something else.
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Alexis Wright 21 January 2013
This poem gives hope to the reader.(@michael bullington) It gives hope to the one who has lost or is losing someone to death, to the one who is afraid of death. It tells them that death is not the end. And it tells them that they will not be alone. Thou shalt lie down With patriarchs of the infant world - with kings, The powerful of the earth - the wise, the good, Fair forms, and hoary seers of ages past, All in one mighty sepulchre.
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Bill Cushing 03 March 2010
I have always found this piece offers the reader two ways to approach his/her own death ('when that time comes to join that innumerable caravan') and then lets the reader decide. This explains why some find the piece inspiring while others see it as depressing. I also think that argument can be made that Bryant introduced modern poetry to the United States in this piece (yes, even before Whitman) while also becoming the 'father' of the Transcendentalist movement.
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G Mattson 07 November 2009
It's a shame that you really don't get it, Michael. You poor, poor soul.
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Michael Bullington 31 July 2008
This is written by a man who has no hope beyond the grave. Poor, poor soul indeed. Eloquent, but utterly hopeless. And to think that this is regarded as his great work!
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Sue Henry 24 February 2019
You are exactly correct, Michael!
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