Thomas Lovell Beddoes

(1803-1818 / England)

The Last Man - Poem by Thomas Lovell Beddoes

By heaven and hell, and all the fools between them,
I will not die, nor sleep, nor wink my eyes,
But think myself into a god; old Death
Shall dream he has slain me, and I'll creep behind him,
Thrust off the bony tyrant from his throne
And beat him into dust. Or I will burst
Damnation's iron egg, my tomb, and come
Half damned, ere they make lightning of my soul,
And creep into thy carcase as thou sleepest
Between two crimson fevers. I'll dethrone
The empty skeleton, and be thy death,
A death of grinding madness. -- Fear me now;
I am a devil, not a human soul --


Comments about The Last Man by Thomas Lovell Beddoes

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/31/2017 1:11:00 PM)


    All the fools between them! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (8/31/2017 7:06:00 AM)


    This is beautiful poem. I think the poet has written this when he came to know that he was going to die. Very nice. (Report) Reply

  • Winnie Akinyi (8/31/2017 4:11:00 AM)


    wow nice, this is a lovely piece. (Report) Reply

  • Clive Culverhouse (8/31/2017 3:31:00 AM)


    Looking at the dates above,1803-1818, he was only in his 15th year when he died? ? Wow there's a troubled youth! But there's something about this poem... But think myself into a god; old Death
    Shall dream he has slain me... wish I'd come up with that.
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/31/2017 3:23:00 AM)


    I'll dethrone
    The empty skeleton, and be thy death,
    A death of grinding madness. - Fear me now;
    I am a devil, not a human soul - .. touching depiction of devil's soul. Nice diction. Congratulation to his soul.
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  • Dawn Novus (8/31/2017 1:30:00 AM)


    Image of evil lighthouse worker springs up. Chilling to think on his inspiration. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 15, 2010



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