Death Does Not Control Life

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"Death be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so, for those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow."

This passage really struck me because it shows the author's fearlessness towards death. He's making it clear that he is going to live his life without a fear of death. If he lets the power of death overcome him, then he is basically not living. He is going to live his life to the fullest and not let the thought of death ruin that. I think this statement is very bold because I know personally that death can be a scary thing to think about, and to say that death is not so powerful is kind of scary because it's almost like cursing yourself due to over-confidence. The main idea, however, that I think Donne is trying to convey is that we should not look at death as something that controls our lives or scary. We should control our own lives.

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