“Death Be Not Proud” presents an argument against the power of death. Addressing Death as a person, the speaker warns Death against pride. Death Be Not Proud by John be not proud though some have called thee Mighty and dreadfull for thou art not soe For those. "Death, be not proud" (Holy Sonnet X) is the tenth poem in a series of Holy Sonnets Donne wrote about faith and God.


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Thus, as a result of its servility, weaknesses, and association with the worst human events, death should not swell with pride.

Now, reading it again as a young adult I am more apt to understand and appreciate this work. I death be not proud fascinated by Johnny's selfless tendencies - to care more for his parents than his own trials.

He does express his upset occasionally, but for the most part he is consumed by his passions in science and his aspirations for the future.

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I wonder if he is so optimistic about his recovery b A profound little book. Donne reached beyond the rational and hierarchical structures of the seventeenth century with his exacting and ingenious conceits, advancing death be not proud exploratory spirit of his time.

Donne entered the world during a period of theological and political unrest for both England and France; a Protestant massacre occurred on Saint Bartholomew's day death be not proud France; while in England, the Catholics were the persecuted minority.

Born into a Roman Catholic family, Donne's personal relationship with religion was tumultuous and passionate, and at the center of much of his poetry.

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He studied at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities in his early teen years. He did not take a degree at either school, because to do so would have meant subscribing to the Thirty-nine Articles, the doctrine that defined Anglicanism.

Thou art slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men, And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell, And poppie, or charmes can make us sleepe as well, And better than thy stroake; why swell'st thou then; One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally, And death shall be no more; Death, thou death be not proud die.

Donne suffered a major illness that brought him close to death during his eighth year as an Anglican minister.

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