Explain "Death," a poem by George Herbert.

“Death” by George Herbert can be explained as an example of the Christian belief that death is an illusion. Based on this belief, since Christ died for our sins, death has lost its sting. Far from being a terminal experience, death can now be seen as a transformational one.

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For Christians, the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ converted death from an ending into a beginning. Due to Christ’s sacrifice and subsequent rising from the dead, death has been transformed from a terminal experience to a transformational one.

This understanding of death is much in evidence in “Death” by George Herbert. The speaker addresses Death, saying it was once “an uncouth hideous thing,” but now, thanks to the Savior’s death, Death has grown “fair and full of grace.”

Death is now no longer scary, no longer something to be afraid of since Christ died for our sins. On the contrary, it is the beginning of a new life in Christ: a much richer, fuller, more meaningful existence than the one we lead on earth during our mortal lives.

The speaker makes it abundantly clear that, far from fearing Death, they're actually rather looking forward to it. Because at Doomsday, when God judges the whole world, the speaker’s soul will wear its “new array,” and the...

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