John Donne Death Be Not Proud Analysis

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Is Death the Finale? Death has always been an intriguing topic in literature. Writers have been confounded by the idea of death and the unknown afterlife for centuries. Some people believe death is the end of all things because nothing can withstand it. In John Donne’s poem, “Death, be not proud,” the poet explains his personal understanding of death and its permanence. This poem is a narrative sonnet. Although this sonnet follows the rhyme scheme of an Italian sonnet (abba cddc effe gg), it also has the elements of an English sonnet because it has three quatrains and a concluding couplet. In the case of this poem, the three quatrains represent three examples of why Death isn’t as powerful as it seems and the couplet acts as a conclusion…show more content…
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be, 5 Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow, And soonest our best men with thee do go, Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery. Thou'art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men, And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell, 10 And poppy'or charms can make us sleep as well And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then? One short sleep past, we wake eternally, And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.
John Donne
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