Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud


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


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