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 some sort of serious illness. It was not published during Donne's lifetime, but appears in the handwritten Westmoreland Manuscript (ca. 1620) and two major early posthumous collections of his work, Songs and Sonnets (1633) and Divine Meditations (1635).