What are some interpretation of word choice/diction in John Donne's poem Death, Be Not Proud? (i.e. What kinds of words did the author use at different moments and what are their effects on the reader?)

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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 normally elicit negative diction from an author, Donne uses mainly positive diction. Also, death is not only the topic of the poem—Donne also makes death the audience of the poem through the use of apostrophe. Therefore, the diction that he uses is all the more powerful in the context of his directly addressing death and challenging death's very personality.

Positive diction is seen is in lines 7–8, when Donne says, "And soonest our best men with thee do go, / Rest of their bones and soul's delivery." Here, Donne is describing death as a peaceful deliverance for those who face...

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