Be Not Fearful of Death

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"Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so" (Donne, Death Be Not Proud, lines 1-2).

I like how the poem starts off by saying that Death shouldn't be proud even though people have called it "mighty and dreadful" because it really isn't.  In this time, it's unfortunate, but people were more familiar with death and experienced it more often.  This, I feel, helped people develop their own opinions that death really isn't such a bad thing because it takes people to their eternal afterlife, where they can be as happy as they can be, free from pain and suffering.  I think their views on death are so different than our own now only because, like someone said on Monday in class (I can't remember who), we're bombarded by these horrible images of death everyday, from the war to people shooting up schools.  I think maybe they did have something going by not being afraid of death then.  Maybe we should try to think like them in the future and embrace death as a new beginning.

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