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Donne's: Death Be Not Proud

"Death Be Not Proud" is another type of sonnet written by John Donne that varies signifigantly from those of Shakespeare. Firstly it is not one of love and romance though I guess it can be said that Donne is romatisizing the idea of death. It consists of 14 lines that follow an unusual rhyme scheme of ABBAABBACDBCEE. Also similarly the Donne sonnet and the Shakespeare sonnet each end with the same rhyme (EE). Donne appears to be mocking death in his writing as he compares death to sleeping and resting. These are each two things that give us pleasure and this is an unusual comparrison.

Many people fear death and percieve it to be horrific and painful but Donne wants to convey the message that it is a time of peace/relaxation (no longer vexed by the worlds problems) as is sleeping. He emphasizes that we should not fear it (death) but rather embrace it, for it is inevitable. Donne also refers to the fact that often times 'our best men with thee do go" which is about soliders and war heroes. Something very interesting that I noticed was that Donne tended to personify death as if it were a person instead of a state of being or and event. He used language like "And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?" Only death as a human or actual person has the ability to swell.

Death Be Not Proud
Death Be Not Proud ASN.

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