John Donne's poem "Death Be Not Proud" Poem Review by Peter Pen

John Donne's poem "Death Be Not Proud"
This paper analyzes the view of death portrayed in John Donne's poem, "Death Be Not Proud".
# 103405 | 853 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2008
Published on May 09, 2008 in Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper discusses the unique view of death that John Donne demonstrated in his poem "Death Be Not Proud". The paer discusses the view that, although Donne seemed to be approaching death in his poem, he more so was indirectly approaching the living people and trying to change their views of death, remove their fear of death and increase their belief in eternal life. The paper shows how this is evident in the poem.

From the Paper:

"Some readers and critics believe that Donne tries to mock and defy Death because he won't die as long as his writings will prevail. Such a belief is logically true, since most talented writers are always alive in their writings, yet that is not what Donne meant since he used eternal life as the dominant over death. Other critics believe that John Donne is an escapist; he somehow is unable to digest the reality that he too will die some day. Looking at Donne's strong belief and that fact of him being priest, it is not logical to believe that Donne was afraid of Death, after all he made his belief in after life clearly evident at the end of his poem. Napoleon once said that " if people had no fear of death, then death has no power" and I believe that this is what Donne is trying to do, he is trying to remove that fear and overcome the power of Death."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dickinson, Emily. "Death is a Dialogue Between". < -dickinson/>.
  • Donne, John. "Death Be Not Proud". Making Literature Matter. Ed. John Clifford, and Ed. John Schilb. Bedford/St. Martini's : Boston, 2006. p.1452.

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