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Death And His Brother Sleep (‘morphine’) - Poem by Heinrich Heine

There’s a mirror likeness between those two
shining, youthfully-fledged figures, though
one seems paler than the other and more austere,
I might even say more perfect, more distinguished,
than he, who would take me confidingly in his arms –
how soft then and loving his smile, how blessed his glance!
Then, it might well have been that his wreath
of white poppies gently touched my forehead, at times,
and drove the pain from my mind with its strange scent.
But that is transient. I can only, now, be well,
when the other one, so serious and pale,
the older brother, lowers his dark torch. –
Sleep is so good, Death is better, yet
surely never to have been born is best.


Comments about Death And His Brother Sleep (‘morphine’) by Heinrich Heine

  • Gold Star - 106,158 Points Ratnakar Mandlik (2/22/2017 8:44:00 AM)

    This poem appears to be the result of a tug of war between the depression and instinct of survival going on in the sub conscience of the poet due to reasons/ circumstances best known to him. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 87,744 Points Terry Craddock (1/8/2017 9:06:00 PM)

    Death Is But A Measured Sleep

    death has a meaure appointed
    death from under covers creeps
    death in drugs dosages peeps
    death has a meaure appointed

    sleep has a meaure appointed
    in time lost morphine dreams
    in time lost morphine dreamed
    sleep in Hypnos seed dreams

    Thanatos death brother sleep Hypnos
    beware twin brothers mirror likeness
    sons of Nyx night and Erobos darkness

    beware their symbol potent flowers poppies
    flower's hypnotic opiate scent pharmacologies
    least needles prick whisper line shrink veins

    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'Death And His Brither Sleep ('morphine') by the poet Heinrich Heine.
    Dedicated to the poet Henrich Heine. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 87,744 Points Terry Craddock (12/13/2016 11:55:00 PM)

    'There’s a mirror likeness between those two
    shining, youthfully-fledged figures, though
    one seems paler than the other and more austere, '

    loved this comparison between death and sleep and the sentiment of

    'Sleep is so good, Death is better, yet
    surely never to have been born is best.'

    which seems to echo the bitter curd of a life distasteful. (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 Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  7. 7. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  8. 8. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  9. 9. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  10. 10. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  11. 11. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  12. 12. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  13. 13. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  14. 14. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  15. 15. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  16. 16. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  17. 17. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  18. 18. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  19. 19. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  20. 20. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  21. 21. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  22. 22. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  23. 23. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  24. 24. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  25. 25. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  26. 26. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  27. 27. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  28. 28. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  29. 29. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  30. 30. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  31. 31. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  32. 32. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  33. 33. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  34. 34. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  35. 35. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  36. 36. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  37. 37. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  38. 38. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  39. 39. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  40. 40. Death , Heinrich Heine
  41. 41. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  42. 42. Death , William Butler Yeats
  43. 43. On The Death Of A Youn Gentleman , Phillis Wheatley
  44. 44. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  45. 45. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  46. 46. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  47. 47. The Death Of The Flowers , William Cullen Bryant
  48. 48. Death Stands Above Me, Whispering Low , Walter Savage Landor
  49. 49. A Death-Bed , Rudyard Kipling
  50. 50. On Death , Percy Bysshe Shelley
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