Analysis and Interpretation of “Death, Be Not Proud”


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Analysis and Interpretation of “Death, Be Not Proud”
The poem “Death, Be Not Proud” by John Donne is a sonnet which is thematically designed to be a defiant statement against the power of death. In this poem, the concept of death is provided to be that which simply does not have the same awesome reach that it is made out to have by society. Donne immediately utilized personification in the poem, as evidence by the use of the pronoun “thee” in line 1 (Donne). By personifying the concept of death, Donne was able to put death into a combative position whereby humanity challenged death as an adversary. This approach helped to reduce the overwhelming power and position that death has, particularly in Western culture. Death thus no longer was...
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.....of faiths which believe in reincarnation, there is
less ambiguity as rebirth is almost always ensured. The only other option is a transcendence from the cycle of rebirths.
The ultimate reduction of the purported power of death is given in line 9: “Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men” (Donne). It was clear from this poem that Donne regarded death as nothing more than a minor consequence of the greater concept of life itself.
Works Cited
Donne, John. “Death, Be Not Proud.” The
Literature Network, n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2011.
Sexton, James. "The Semantics of Death and Dying: Metaphor and
Mortality." ETC: A Review of General Semantics 54.3 (1997): 333-345. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 12 Jan. 2011.