Oh, see how the mighty themselves are chained!

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"Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men," (John Donne, Death, be not proud)


I've heard it said that death is more universal than life. After all, everyone dies while not everyone can be said to have truly lived. All are slave to their own desires or occupations if you look at it in a certain manner. It's Death's job to gather the souls of the dead and so it is chained to each and every being. You can meet it in a drug-induced stupor or rest your fate upon whispered charms. You can also meet it it through more violent means, but we all stay dead. So what happens when we all die? "One short sleep past, we wake eternally," as Donne writes. The ancient Greeks believed the underworld to merely be another life, one without death since they'd already fulfilled that task. If we all awake in an eternal realm after death, what's Death gonna do when we're all there and making faces at him through the glass? In the words of Donne, "Death, thou shalt die." If Death has no purpose, he'll simply fade away. However, that's more than likely going to a long time comin' so you shouldn't plan on livin' forever!


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Kaitlin Monier said:

I like how you said that death is more universal than life because everyone dies but not everyone lives. It is a very interesting take on this poem, and I agree.

Greta Carroll said:

Maddie, I like your interpretation of Donne’s words. Death is universal, no one can escape it. But, if we realize and believe what Donne does, that there is a life after death, then death has no power over us. And as you state (in quite an amusing way) we will be the ones “making faces at him through the glass.”

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