Analysis Of William Cullen Bryant's Thanatopsis

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From the moment you were born, death has been in that far corner of your life for some time, waiting for the right moment to take your life. Death cannot be avoided.
Since the beginning of time, people have many different ways of going about the idea of death and what the afterlife may hold for them, whether they’ll be reunited with family and friends or if they’ll be reincarnated or, maybe nothing at all. This is true for writers, poets and artists. William Cullen Bryant’s “Thanatopsis”, Kansas’ “Dust in the Wind” and Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper” they all center their idea death, but approach it differently and conveys their points differently. One glorifies death, one says life is meaningless and the other glorifies life.
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Thou shalt lie down with patriarchs of the infant world--with kings, The powerful of the earth--the wise, the good, fair forms, and hoary seers of ages past, all in one mighty sepulchre,” (Bryant). She tells us that we will be reunited with the people from our past, and that we would live comfortably in the afterlife with very different people of all sorts of importance. She also tells us that we our body would become one with the earth as it slowly deteriorates, “Thy image. Earth, that nourished thee, shall claim thy growth, to be resolved to earth again, and, lost each human trace, surrendering up thine individual being, shalt thou go to mix for ever with the elements, to be a brother to the insensible rock and to the sluggish clod, which the rude swain turns with his share, and treads upon,” (Bryant). It puts the reader to ease as she also tells them that those that they care about will eventually join them too, creating a calming and accepting tone towards the idea of death. In “Don’t Fear the Reaper”, Death is convincing those he visits that dying isn’t bad and that when they join him, they’ll be able to fly and their soul will continue to live in eternity with many others that has already been there. “Come on baby (Don’t fear the reaper), Baby take my hand (Don’t fear the reaper), we’ll be able to fly…..Valentine is done, here but now they’re gone, Romeo and Juliet are together in eternity. 40,000 men and women everyday (Like Romeo and Juliet),

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