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Death Be Not Proud Analysis



Author: Poetry of John Donne Type: Poetry Views: 25831

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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.





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The poem talks about old christians belief that human beings will by no means die and the writer xrays death as something so much fragile that it can never do anything by itself.he says death should not be proud because one day you too will die.muhammad badamasi tsaure udus university

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The poem talks about old christians belief that human beings will by no means die and the writer xrays death as something so much fragile that it can never do anything by itself.he says death should not be proud because one you too will die.muhammad badamasi tsaure udus university

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The sonnet “Death Be Not Proud”, written by John Donne in England around the year 1618, is one sonnet of nineteen that are part of a collection entitled The Holy Sonnets. Through the use of literary terms and techniques, “Death, Be Not Proud”, exemplifies the popular Christian philosophy of the period, that heaven is eternal.
John Donne starts the poem “Death Be Not Proud” in utilizing the figurative language of personification, “ Death, be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so”. In using this technique the author is able to apply human qualities which make Death tangible and a being in which the narrator can entertain an argument and eventually win his case based upon Christian philosophy. Additionally, in the personification of treating Death, the embodiment of non-living as a living being, the author has also utilized the literary term irony. It can be seen that through the use of personification and irony John Donne has set the stage for Death to become just as undone as any man.
The continued unraveling of Death is illustrated in lines 5 and 6 through the use of metaphor, “... From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be, much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow”. The narrator is claiming that rest and sleep are nothing but pictures of death, an image of what death is, and that they provide much pleasure so when death actually does happen the pleasure will be much greater. This line of conversation brings death who imagines himself to be mighty and feared in line 1 and 2 down to a being who now brings much pleasure instead of fear. Then in lines 9 and 10, “Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men, and dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,” through the use of imagery John Donne hands Death a crushing blow to his fearsome image. Death is presented as a slave to Fate, Chance. Kings, and Desperate men. It is shown that death’s home, his dwelling is with poison, war and sickness, and that he must await the outcome and decisions of his masters, the true powers that be fate, chance, kings and desperate men.
Finally, in the last two lines of 13 and 14 through the author’s further use of irony, Death is told, he “...shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.” . Much of the irony here is that it is only due to Christian philosophy, the belief that there is no death, that the argument is won for the narrator. With the death of ones physical body, man awakens to an eternal spiritual life ad death is over, man wins.
It can be seen throughout the poem “Death, Be Not Proud” that the use of literary terms and techniques helped highlight and explore the views of Christian philosophy which during the time of John Donne was eternal life , the only option to believe.

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In John Donne’s poem, “Death Be Not Proud”, he offers death as a living being. Many do not analyze this part of the poem and continue reading as it is simply another poem. Donne uses a wide range of ways, including a paradox, to personify death. To find what the paradox means, you must read and discover. \"Death, thou shalt die\" contradicts itself, therefore leaving a since of confusion and grabs your attention. “Death Be Not Proud’ was comprised along with eighteen other Holy Sonnets. It was no accident Donne was trying to forcefully show, through his diction, that death cannot prevail.
Death is given the characteristics of someone who is an oppressor, without real power “some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not soe”. This offers a firm tone of declaration. “For those whom thou think\'st thou dost overthrow, die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me. Donne gives Death life, and therefore makes it mortal, exposing it to pain, torment and at some point like the rest of us, defeat. The poem continues to take apart death from something mysterious and feared, and shows it as something weak and unimportant. The speaker’s main argument is in beliefs of the Christian philosophy such as the promise of eternal life. The sonnet attacks death from two different angles; a secular angle and a religious angle. The first twelve lines are mostly secular and non-Christian can follow the argument. The last two lines require a belief in Christianity, and with this belief, comes the more powerful, dramatically stated words: “And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die”, which relates to the Christian concept of Eternal Life. Death should not be proud because we ultimately live eternally. Everyone must die \"our best men with thee do go\".
The first angle, secular, Donne starts with a feeling of hate and grief in the words used against death, creating an immediate, snide meaning, with this character. He mocks by saying: “Die not, poore Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.” Here the words “poore Death” are used to diminish Death’s fear factor. The same effect is offered in these lines, “From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be, much pleasure; then from thee much more most flow.” Here the Donne is stating that since death appears outwardly to be a type of sleep, and that sleep is usually a pleasurable thing, that death must be more pleasurable. Mocking is then turned into Death’s occupation being like slave work. “Thou art slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men.” This line offers a tone of strong emotional meaning, that death has no real power, and it is simply summoned without freedom or doing it being able to do as it wishes. Death cannot kill us “Fate, Chance, Kings, and desperate men” kill us, he just delivers us. To survive, he depends on other people. Donne even pokes fun at Death saying that “poppy or charms can make us sleep as well”, meaning that death is just a weakling. He compares death to sleep “thy pictures.” Sleep is pleasant; therefore death must be, so why fear it?
The last angle, within the last two lines, shows that death has no bravery, and requires a belief in Christianity. According to Christian beliefs, those that believe in Christ will never die and live eternally, \"That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life\" (John 3:15 KJV). This does not say that believers escape the natural way of dying like everyone else, but they are entering into a better, eternal life. This saying that the earthly body is left behind in the ground and the soul continues to live forever, therefore escaping death. The last line of the poem is the final stab against death. It says that death is meaningless, and a paradox. This is written presenting another strong emotional tone “death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.” Based on Christianity, there is no death; the only thing is eternal life. After the physical death, we will wake and to eternal life somewhere and death will be finished.

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generally the poet tries to tell the reader that though dearth kills people they should not be afraid of it,thus persona emphasize towards dearth that though you think you are able to kill people we should not be afraid of you,by MAGORI From MUCE Tz

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generally the poet tries to tell the reader that though dearth kills people they should not be afraid of it,thus persona emphasize towards dearth that though you think you are able to kill people we should not be afraid of you,by MAGORI From MUCE Tz

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generally the poet tries to tell the reader that though dearth kills people they should not be afraid of it,thus persona emphasize towards dearth that though you think you are able to kill people we should not be afraid of you,by MAGORI From MUCE Tz

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generally the poet tries to tell the reader that though dearth kills people they should not be afraid of it,thus persona emphasize towards dearth that though you think you are able to kill people we should not be afraid of you,by MAGORI From MUCE Tz

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generally the poet tries to tell the reader that though dearth kills people they should not be afraid of it,thus persona emphasize towards dearth that though you think you are able to kill people we should not be afraid of you,by MAGORI From MUCE Tz

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generally the poet tries to tell the reader that though dearth kills people they should not be afraid of it,thus persona emphasize towards dearth that though you think you are able to kill people we should not be afraid of you,by MAGORI From MUCE tz

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The poet attacks death verbally that even though some people are afraid of you and call you so strong and scary , you should not be proud. You think that you have killed people whereas niether they are dead nor you are able to kill me.Then poet compares death to sleep and rest, so he believes that these are the same.So, Death is not only frightening but also pleasurable. The poet says virtuous andthe best men are killed and surrender to you physically but not spiritually.Then poet compares death to a slave which is a plaything in the hand of x says some flowers and even magic can also kill us even much better than you.So, why are you proud?
In the couplet, poet believes that death is like a short sleep afterwhich we wake uo forever,so death is not much dreadful. In fact death itself will die.
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john in this poem mocks death . He believes that death is not as terrible we are worried about . he tells death that although you think thatyou are able to kill people, you are really not . you can remove people bodies but not their souls and bones.you are a plaything in the hand of destiney,chance, kings and hopeless men. in fact poison,war, illness and cause it not you yourself. opium and magic also cause it better than you. At the Donn believes that death is like a short sleep after which we wake up forever , so death loses the game .

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no different from sleep only this time around we get to sleep a bit longer...but wait...we wake eternally and death would be no more. death really is\'nt that powerfull and Donne presents that from the biblical point of view.Implicilly, however Donne seem to be afraid of death himself.

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