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Death And His Brother Sleep (‘morphine’) - Poem by Heinrich Heine

There’s a mirror likeness between those two
shining, youthfully-fledged figures, though
one seems paler than the other and more austere,
I might even say more perfect, more distinguished,
than he, who would take me confidingly in his arms –
how soft then and loving his smile, how blessed his glance!
Then, it might well have been that his wreath
of white poppies gently touched my forehead, at times,
and drove the pain from my mind with its strange scent.
But that is transient. I can only, now, be well,
when the other one, so serious and pale,
the older brother, lowers his dark torch. –
Sleep is so good, Death is better, yet
surely never to have been born is best.


Comments about Death And His Brother Sleep (‘morphine’) by Heinrich Heine

  • Gold Star - 68,160 Points Ratnakar Mandlik (2/22/2017 8:44:00 AM)

    This poem appears to be the result of a tug of war between the depression and instinct of survival going on in the sub conscience of the poet due to reasons/ circumstances best known to him. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 86,341 Points Terry Craddock (1/8/2017 9:06:00 PM)

    Death Is But A Measured Sleep

    death has a meaure appointed
    death from under covers creeps
    death in drugs dosages peeps
    death has a meaure appointed

    sleep has a meaure appointed
    in time lost morphine dreams
    in time lost morphine dreamed
    sleep in Hypnos seed dreams

    Thanatos death brother sleep Hypnos
    beware twin brothers mirror likeness
    sons of Nyx night and Erobos darkness

    beware their symbol potent flowers poppies
    flower's hypnotic opiate scent pharmacologies
    least needles prick whisper line shrink veins

    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'Death And His Brither Sleep ('morphine') by the poet Heinrich Heine.
    Dedicated to the poet Henrich Heine. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 86,341 Points Terry Craddock (12/13/2016 11:55:00 PM)

    'There’s a mirror likeness between those two
    shining, youthfully-fledged figures, though
    one seems paler than the other and more austere, '

    loved this comparison between death and sleep and the sentiment of

    'Sleep is so good, Death is better, yet
    surely never to have been born is best.'

    which seems to echo the bitter curd of a life distasteful. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Death

  1. 51. Death And His Brother Sleep (‘morphine’) , Heinrich Heine
  2. 52. A Baby's Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  3. 53. Death Of A Cockroach , Robert William Service
  4. 54. A Death-Bed , Rudyard Kipling
  5. 55. Hymns To The Night : 6 : Longing For Death , Novalis
  6. 56. Don'T Fear Death , Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
  7. 57. On The Death Of A Youn Gentleman , Phillis Wheatley
  8. 58. Passing On (Death Death Death Death De.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  9. 59. Absence Disembodies—so Does Death , Emily Dickinson
  10. 60. Death, That Struck When I Was Most Confi.. , Emily Jane Brontë
  11. 61. The Death Of The Flowers , William Cullen Bryant
  12. 62. The Death Of Santa Claus , Charles Harper Webb
  13. 63. Death Is Here And Death Is There , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  14. 64. On Death , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  15. 65. Death Is A Dialogue Between , Emily Dickinson
  16. 66. An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog , Oliver Goldsmith
  17. 67. The Dance Of Death , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  18. 68. The Morning That Death Was Killed , Steve Turner
  19. 69. Death Snips Proud Men , Carl Sandburg
  20. 70. The Death Of Autumn , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  21. 71. Death Of A Poet , Ronald Stuart Thomas
  22. 72. Laughter And Death , Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
  23. 73. Death Stands Above Me, Whispering Low , Walter Savage Landor
  24. 74. On The Death Of J.C. An Infant , Phillis Wheatley
  25. 75. On The Death Of Dr. Samuel Marshall , Phillis Wheatley
  26. 76. Death Sets A Thing Of Signigicant , Emily Dickinson
  27. 77. O Death, O Death, Rock Me Asleep , Anonymous
  28. 78. Whispers Of Heavenly Death , Walt Whitman
  29. 79. Sonnet 66: Tired With All These, For Res.. , William Shakespeare
  30. 80. For Death—or Rather , Emily Dickinson
  31. 81. Ode On The Death Of A Favourite Cat Drow.. , Thomas Gray
  32. 82. Apparent Death , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  33. 83. A Death - Scene , Emily Jane Brontë
  34. 84. Death The Leveller , James Shirley
  35. 85. An Ode, On The Death Of Mr. Henry Purcell , John Dryden
  36. 86. The Death-Bed , Siegfried Sassoon
  37. 87. Elegy Before Death , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  38. 88. Enemy Of Death , Salvatore Quasimodo
  39. 89. Death , Thomas Hood
  40. 90. Bereavement In Their Death To Feel , Emily Dickinson
  41. 91. Death Is Potential To That Man , Emily Dickinson
  42. 92. On The Death Of Mr. Robert Levet, A Prac.. , Samuel Johnson
  43. 93. Extempore Effusion Upon The Death Of Jam.. , William Wordsworth
  44. 94. The Death And Last Confession Of Wanderi.. , Hilaire Belloc
  45. 95. The Ship Of Death , David Herbert Lawrence
  46. 96. Death Of A Believer , Rudyard Kipling
  47. 97. Death , Yaseen Anwer
  48. 98. The Death Of Lincoln , William Cullen Bryant
  49. 99. Love And Death , Sara Teasdale
  50. 100. Death , James Henry Leigh Hunt
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