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Death Be Not Proud - Poem by John Donne

Death be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not soe,
For, those, whom thou think'st, thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill mee.
From rest and sleepe, which but thy pictures bee,
Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee doe goe,
Rest of their bones, and soules deliverie.
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 then thy stroake; why swell'st thou then?
One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.


Comments about Death Be Not Proud by John Donne

  • Gold Star - 99,438 Points Robert Murray Smith (1/14/2017 11:03:00 PM)

    This poem gives death human form. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 8,247 Points Tom Allport (1/3/2017 4:27:00 PM)

    life and death go hand in hand, you cannot have one with out the other? not yet anyway. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 542 Points Osazee Dankaro (9/26/2016 10:35:00 AM)

    A reminder that death is not the worst thing that can happen to man. Death too shall die. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Death

  1. 1. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death , Roger McGough
  2. 2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  4. 4. Death Is Nothing At All , Henry Scott Holland
  5. 5. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
  6. 6. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  7. 7. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  8. 8. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  9. 9. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  10. 10. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  11. 11. Angel Of Death (Death Death Death Dea.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  12. 12. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  13. 13. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  14. 14. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  15. 15. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  16. 16. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  17. 17. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  18. 18. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  19. 19. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  20. 20. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  21. 21. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  22. 22. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  23. 23. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  24. 24. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  25. 25. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  26. 26. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  27. 27. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  28. 28. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  29. 29. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  30. 30. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  31. 31. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  32. 32. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  33. 33. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  34. 34. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  35. 35. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  36. 36. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  37. 37. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  38. 38. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  39. 39. Death , Heinrich Heine
  40. 40. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  41. 41. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  42. 42. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  43. 43. Don'T Fear Death , Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
  44. 44. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  45. 45. On The Death Of Rev. Mr. George Whitefield , Phillis Wheatley
  46. 46. A Death-Bed , Rudyard Kipling
  47. 47. Hymns To The Night : 6 : Longing For Death , Novalis
  48. 48. Death , William Butler Yeats
  49. 49. Death Of A Cockroach , Robert William Service
  50. 50. On The Death Of Friends In Childhood , Donald Justice
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