According to the speaker of “Holy Sonnet 10,” why should Death not be proud? Explain at least three reasons that the speaker states or implies.

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  • First of all, Death—note the capital D, which indicates personification—has no reason to be proud, as he isn't anywhere near as scary ("mighty and dreadful") as he thinks he is. Straight away, we're told in no uncertain terms that the speaker regards Death as a total impostor, behind whose imposing facade there is nothing and therefore nothing to be afraid of.
  • Then the speaker goes on to compare Death to "rest and sleep."...

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