Death, Personified

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In the poem “Death be not proud,” by John Donne the poet personifies death as a person not worthy of the respect and feat that he receives. From the words used in the poem, the reader gets the idea that it was written a long time ago, that being said it does not take away from the meaning nor is it hard to understand what they mean since the poet uses them in the literal meaning. The poem constructed in a way that is looks and sounds as the though the speaker is talking to Death in person. It sounds as though the speaker pities death, and the role that he plays in life. The speaker almost goes as far as to taunt death saying, “Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.” (4) He obviously does not fear death, nor does he think others …show more content…
The speaker comes off a masochist thinking that the only way he could feel the love of God it through pain. So that speaker can be in the image he believes God wants him, the speaker wants God to, “break, blow, burn, and make me new.” The speaker uses a metaphor to compare his heart to that of a town under the rule of another:
I, like an usurp'd town, to another due,
Labour to admit you, but O, to no end.
Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend,
But is captived, and proves weak or untrue
The speaker believes that in his heart lies another even though he only wants God to be there. The reason he gives is that God’s hold on him is to weak and hard to maintain It is almost as if the speaker is saying if fear of God is not instilled in him, he will forever waver in his faith, which ties back into the initial thought of wanting to be built new. His heart is forever tied to sin:
Yet dearly I love you, and would be loved fain,
But am betroth'd unto your enemy ;
Divorce me, untie, or break that knot again
The speaker loves God a lot but says that he is married to God’s enemy, which can mean sin or anything thought of to be against God’s wishes. The only way to be with Him is for God the break the ties between the speaker and the darkness inside his heart. The reader may find it funny that the speaker asks God to, “divorce” him for

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