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Death, be not proud

What is the theme of the poem "Death be not Proud" by John Donne?

The overriding theme of the poem is that death is really nothing to be afraid of. According to the speaker, the personified figure of Death—note the capital "D"—has absolutely no reason to be...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2021 11:51 am UTC

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Death Be Not Proud Analysis Line By Line

The first eight lines (or “octave”) of John Donne’s sonnet beginning “Death, be not proud” might be explicated, or explained almost word-by-word, as follows: Death, be not proud, though some have...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2012 8:51 pm UTC

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How might one explain, line-by-line, the meanings of the last six lines of the sonnet by John Donne that begins...

The final six lines (or sestet) of John Donne’s sonnet beginning “Death, be not proud” might explicated (that is, closely analyzed) in various ways, including the following: Thou art slave to...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2012 12:33 am UTC

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What are the figures of speech in "Death, be not proud"?

The poem is an example of apostrophe, addressing Death (personified) as a living being who is thus listening to the speaker. This intentionally removes the mystery or sense of superiority in the...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2020 1:12 pm UTC

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Explain the meaning of "why swell'st thou then?" as it appears in "Death, be not proud" by John Donne.

In this sonnet, the speaker addresses Death directly, personifying Death as an arrogant though, ultimately, powerless entity in the lives of human beings. He says that Death believes that it...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2020 12:17 pm UTC

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I need a full translation (into Modern English) of John Donne's famous poem "Death be not Proud."

In this poem, John Donne addresses Death as a person, even capitalizing it in his poem. The big takeaway here is that a faithful Christian shouldn't be scared to die because in the end, he will...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2019 8:50 pm UTC

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What is the meaning of the poem "Death, be not proud"?

In this poem, John Donne's use of arguments, religious ideology, and paradoxical comparisons to characterize Death demonstrates the use of conceit, a typical literary device in metaphysical poetry:...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2015 8:54 pm UTC

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Explain how Donne's use of paradox helps convey the message/theme of the poem of "Death, be not proud."

John Donne was an Anglican priest and prolific poet from the English Renaissance. Donne is famous for writing metaphysical poetry that used conceits (extended metaphors) to compare two especially...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2019 5:58 pm UTC

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What impact does line 9 have on the tone of the poem?

In line 9, John Donne abruptly changes the sentence structure of the poem, marking the switch away from the imperative that predominates the first eight lines. By inserting a sentence that is...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2019 9:07 pm UTC

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What is the subject matter of the poem Death, Be Not Proud by John Donne?

The poem makes a mockery of the belief that Death is all powerful and consuming by firstly addressing it as human (personification) and then criticizing its arrogance. The speaker states that Death...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2017 7:15 am UTC

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Who is the poet addressing in the poem "Death Be Not Proud" by John Donne?

Death be not proud, though some have called theeMighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not soe Who is the poet addressing? The poetic narrator of the poem speaks to “Death.” Death is supposed to be...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2012 1:05 am UTC

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What is this poem about? and what kind of irony is this poem? What is the symbolism in this poem? Analysis and give...

Death Be Not Proud" is number VI of John Donne's Holy Sonnets. The Holy Sonnets are not always specifically about God, but they all address eternal themes, with sometimes implied references to God...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2009 3:20 pm UTC

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What is the rhyme scheme of the poem "Death, be not proud"?

John Donne’s “Death, Be Not Proud” belongs to a collection of poems he entitled The Divine Meditations, or Holy Sonnets. As such, it is written in iambic pentameter and adheres to the Petrarchan...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2019 10:42 am UTC

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What is the meaning of eternity in "Death, be not proud" by John Donne?

John Donne doesn't really address the idea of eternity directly in this poem. However, the whole poem flirts with the concept and uses it as a means of arguing that Death should not be "proud,"...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2019 8:13 am UTC

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What type of meter and rhyme scheme does Donne use in "Death, be not proud"?

The rhyme scheme of the first twelve lines of the poem is an alternating abab, where every other line rhymes. The last two lines, however, form a rhyming couplet, which is a technique often used by...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2019 11:50 am UTC

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In Death, Be Not Proud by John Donne, why does the poet feel that Death is arrogant?

In this poem, the speaker directly addresses and mocks a personification of death. He implies that "Death" is proud or arrogant because it thinks that it "overthrow(s)" its victims. In other words,...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2019 11:08 pm UTC

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Explain how Donne creates an argument against Death in "Death, be not Proud."

Sonnet 10 begins famously with the opening line "Death, be not proud, though some have called thee" (1). This personification of death continues through the rest of the sonnet, as Donne basically...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2012 7:28 pm UTC

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In "Death, be not proud," by John Donne, identify the sound devices and comment on their contribution towards the...

The poem is clearly a Petrarchan sonnet since it follows its structure. The poem consists of fourteen lines made up of an octave (verse of eight lines) and a sestet (six lines). As far as sound...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2016 3:49 pm UTC

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In "Death, be not proud," how do paradox and personification contribute to the sense of a victory over death?  

"Death, be not proud" by John Donne is among his Holy Sonnets and should be read in the context of Christian theology concerning death. In this context, human death and mortality are consequences...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2016 9:09 am UTC

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What literary techniques does John Donne use in his sonnet that begins "Death, be not proud"?

From the first line of the sonnet forward, Donne employs apostrophe, the technique of directly addressing an abstract idea; in this case, it is death itself the speaker speaks to. The opening line...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2017 10:20 am UTC

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What are two things that death is compared to?

To begin understanding John Donne, one must first acknowledge that his work is the shining example of metaphysical poetry. This is a view of the craft that takes a metaphor and pushes it to its...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019 11:37 am UTC

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What are some interpretation of word choice/diction in John Donne's poem Death, Be Not Proud? (i.e. What kinds of...

John Donne's sonnet "Death, be not proud" utilizes strong diction in several places. One interesting thing about the diction of this poem overall is that although the subject of death would...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2018 6:18 pm UTC

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What is the effect of calling death a "slave" and "poor death " in "Death, Be Not Proud"?

John Donne's poetry is full of extravagant conceits. Although this poem, "Death Be Not Proud," is addressed to Death personified, it is really counseling the reader not to fear death because it is...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2012 2:45 am UTC

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Discuss death as the subject of the poem "Death, be not proud" by John Donne?

John Donne was primarily a popular minister in the seventeenth century; however, his poems were considered his greatest work. Donne named part of his poetry the Holy Sonnets because they dealt...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2012 2:06 pm UTC

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Could you translate these lines from John Donne's "Death Be Not Proud" into easy modern day English? And...

This is one of my favorite poems by John Donne. It is meant to comfort those facing death. In the poem, Donne makes it clear that death has no real lasting power. It is but a temporary pause...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2008 11:41 am UTC

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Why does the poet feel that death is arrogant in "Death, be not proud"?

Right throughout the poem, the speaker attempts to expose the arrogance and presumptuousness of Death. He does this first of all by personifying Death, thus dragging him down to the level of an...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2020 1:11 pm UTC

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Identify the figures of speech used in "Death, be not proud."

John Donne uses several brilliant figures of speech in his sonnet "Death, Be Not Proud." The poem begins with an apostrophe, which is the technique of addressing someone not present or an inanimate...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2019 2:39 am UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019 11:23 pm UTC

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Who Was Donnes's audience in Death, Be Not Proud?

In "Death, Be Not Proud," John Donne addresses the personified Death himself. This is after Donne abandoned erotic, shamelessly skirt-chasing poetry such as "The Flea" and converted to the...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2015 1:36 am UTC

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What is the speaker in "Death, Be Not Proud" saying about the nature and strength of death? What is the importance of...

The personification of Death in this poem is the conceit around which the poem revolves. Capitalization has long been used in poetry in tandem with personification. By capitalizing Death, it...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2018 2:35 pm UTC

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In the poem "Death, Be Not Proud," death is represented as a lonely figure keeping company with poison, war, and...

In the poem "Death, Be Not Proud" by John Donne, death is not so much represented as lonely, but rather as impotent. Using the word "lonely" to describe death inspires sympathy, but it is not the...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2019 4:00 pm UTC

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What are some "key facts" of "Death, be not proud," like the exposition and resolution?

"Death, be not proud" is a sonnet by the iconic English metaphysical poet John Donne. The fourteen-line poem, which is also referred to as "Holy Sonnet X,"deals with the fear of death, overcoming...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2016 12:31 am UTC

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Why does John Donne call death a slave in "Death, be not proud"?

"Holy Sonnet X," or as it is more traditionally known, "Death be not proud," is a personification of death as a living entity as well as a challenge to the supposedly proud being of conquest and...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2019 9:39 pm UTC

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What are examples of figurative language in "Death, be not proud"?

Simply put, figurative language uses words to convey a meaning beyond their literal interpretation. For instance, take this common idiom for feeling nervous: "I have butterflies in my stomach."...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2019 2:35 am UTC

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How is the tone that is achieved change throughout the poem in "Death Be Not Proud" by John Donne

In the challenging, at times combative, tone of John Donne's Holy Sonnet X, also referred to as "Death Be Not Proud," the direct address of the poet to the personified death, is a metaphysical poem...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2012 2:13 am UTC

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What message does the poem "Death, be not proud" have for its readers?

In this Holy Sonnet, John Donne's message for readers is that death is not an end and not the end; rather, it is one "short sleep," and once that sleep is over, "we wake eternally" and can never...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2020 12:03 pm UTC

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Is the ending couplet really a non-rhyming couplet? It seems plausible that "eternally" could rhyme with "die". Any...

I can't claim to be a linguist, but I do know a little bit about sonnets. The sonnet you are referring to, "Death Be Not Proud," is not by Shakespeare, but by John Donne. Since Donne lived around...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2010 5:13 am UTC

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What is the message of the poem?

John Donne’s “Death, Be Not Proud” is a sonnet in which the speaker directly addresses death to remove its power. He points out that many of the circumstances that lead to death are in the control...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2019 10:51 pm UTC

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In Death be Not Proud by John Gunther, what is the story about? 

John Gunther introduced the story of his son, Johnny's illness and death by quoting from John Donne's famous poem of the same name “Death be not proud, though some have called thee/ Mighty and...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2013 5:58 am UTC

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What can be told about John Donne given what he has written in "Death Be Not Proud?" Include evidence from the piece...

Very little can be told about John Donne from his poem "Death, Be Not Proud." A poem is a creative work, and one cannot assume that the implied voice of a poetic narrator represents the actual...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2012 3:51 pm UTC

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Which words are stressed or unstressed according to monometer in "Death, be not proud"?

For a poem to be written in monometer means that there is only one metrical foot per line, and in monometer, the number of stressed syllables per line could be no more than one or two. As a...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2019 1:35 pm UTC

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Select one basic idea from "Death Be not Proud" by John Done, and then find quotations in the poem, which prove that...

This assignment requires a student to select a significant idea from John Donne's Holy Sonnet "Death Be not Proud" and then use quotations to support some interpretation of that idea. It is part of...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2018 4:08 am UTC

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When was "Death, be not proud" written and published?

"Death, be not proud" by John Donne (1572–1631) is Sonnet X of the poet's sonnet sequence, Holy Sonnets. It was probably written between February and August of 1609 in response to Donne's bout of...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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How can I compare "Crossing the Bar" and "Death be not proud"?

Both of these poems reflect on the nature of death, but they differ in many ways. "Death, be not proud" by John Donne is actually "Sonnet X" of the poet's Holy Sonnets, and thus part of a sequence...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2015 7:59 pm UTC

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a broad summary of the poem'Death,be not proud'please make it broad

This poem is also known as Holy Sonnet #10. It is written by John Donne who, in addition to being a poet, was an Anglican minister. Broadly, this poem is meant to persuade people that death is not...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2009 10:51 pm UTC

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