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Thanatopsis is Bryant's meditation on human mortality. The voice of nature occurs in the middle of the poem, and is framed at the beginning and end by the voice of a human mortal who is scared of death. Nature provides three sources of consolation for that mortality: 1. all people die; the human is not alone. 2. the circle of life benefits from death and it is a human destiny 3. a sense of belonging comes from being at one with nature.
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