Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud
(death, human limitations/weaknesses, power, destiny, fate, control,impossibilty,immortality)
Death is likened to sleep and is a poem that defies the power of death:
"Death be not proud" Donne is anthropomorphising death and addressing him as equal, or as then inferior. Direct address of "death"
- "For those, whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow// Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me" --> Donne is saying that Death likes to think of himself as powerful and terrifying and indeed some people have called him that, but he is not so in truth
"Mighty and dreadful," "overthrow," "proud" Death thinks that he is "overthrowing" men when he takes them. Which is conquering, vanquishing, defeating, ruining, causing to fall.
- "Holy" conceit of the sonnet which is a very Christian concept, death is the means by which man finds Resurrection…