Death, be not proud

by John Donne
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Is the poet worried at the thought of his mortality in "Death, Be Not Proud"?

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The narrator of the poem “Death, Be Not Proud” harbors no worries about his own mortality. In fact, the tone of the majority of the poem is sympathetic or confrontational but never fearful.

John Donne, an Anglican minister, was a very devout religious man, and he felt a strong sense of security in his eternal soul, believing wholeheartedly in the message of the Bible. In short, he knew that after he dies, he would go to Heaven. In spite of a grave illness that nearly killed him, he remained joyful and confident in God’s power over death. Because of his trust in God, he had no fear for his own mortality and essentially challenges Death, refusing to fear it. He told Death to have no pride because it was powerless against God.

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