Death, be not proud by John Donne

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

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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: Death, Be Not Proud highlights the comparison of death to a type of slumber.

In the poem, Death is personified as a malevolent figure devoid of any real power. The poet asserts that, although Death has been called 'Mighty and dreadful,' it has no real claim to its frightening reputation. After all, Death cannot really kill anyone, as the state of being dead mirrors a state of sleep and rest. The poet also claims that the sooner good men die, the quicker they can...

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