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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.


Comments about Death Be Not Proud by John Donne

  • Gold Star - 147,479 Points Robert Murray Smith (1/14/2017 11:03:00 PM)

    This poem gives death human form. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 19,952 Points Tom Allport (1/3/2017 4:27:00 PM)

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

  • Freshman - 879 Points 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

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Poems About Death

  1. 1. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death , Roger McGough
  2. 2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  4. 4. Death Is Nothing At All , Henry Scott Holland
  5. 5. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
  6. 6. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  7. 7. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  8. 8. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  9. 9. Angel Of Death (Death Death Death Dea.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  10. 10. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  11. 11. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  12. 12. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  13. 13. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  14. 14. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  15. 15. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  16. 16. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  17. 17. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  18. 18. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  19. 19. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  20. 20. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  21. 21. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  22. 22. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  23. 23. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  24. 24. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  25. 25. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  26. 26. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  27. 27. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  28. 28. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  29. 29. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  30. 30. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  31. 31. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  32. 32. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  33. 33. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  34. 34. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  35. 35. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  36. 36. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  37. 37. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  38. 38. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  39. 39. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  40. 40. Don'T Fear Death , Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
  41. 41. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  42. 42. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  43. 43. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  44. 44. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  45. 45. Death , William Butler Yeats
  46. 46. Absence Disembodies—so Does Death , Emily Dickinson
  47. 47. Death , Heinrich Heine
  48. 48. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  49. 49. A Satirical Elegy On The Death Of A Late.. , Jonathan Swift
  50. 50. The Death Of The Flowers , William Cullen Bryant
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