Tuesday, April 3, 2012

"Death Be Not Proud"

My family has been dealing with a lot of illness lately, so I’m taking comfort in this very old poem by John Donne, titled “Death Be Not Proud.” Definitely no silly ditty, this poem bears weight; serious, yet triumphant, it is particularly appropriate for the upcoming Easter season.

“Death be not proud, though some have called thee / Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;” Donne insists.

Donne concludes the poem with a powerful reassurance: “One short sleep past, we wake eternally / And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.”

No, this poem isn’t exactly cheery, but it does renew my hope. 

1 comment:

  1. This is a lovely poem. It reminds us that death can also be a celebration, a release, and a relief. I really like it.