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Sonnet 10, by John Donne
The first stanza is saying that death is not proud even though some people call it that. He does not think that death is a proud thing. In the next stanza he is says that death is neither mighty nor dreadful. He also says that people who think that death is something to brag about are kidding themselves. Everyone must face it so why should it be seen as something to gloat about or something that is dreadful. Everyone must face it, death is not something that is cast upon curtain people. In the third stanza he says that when we die, we will receive a better sleep than we do now. Death can’t kill you because you are still alive in spirit. The forth stanza says that even the best of men will be taken by death. Their bones are left to the earth and their souls are taken elsewhere. We are slaves to death because everyone will die. The fifth stanza says that there are things that cause death that no human can control or stop. War, sickness, and poison are just a few. In the sixth stanza he says why should people gloat about death if know man has control over death? Why should you have pride about death? In the final stanza he says that our lives are but a short sleep compared to the eternal live we have after we awaken from that sleep. Once we die the soul is alive and death no longer presides. We are brought into eternal life. Death can no longer take us because it already has.
Meditation 17, by John Donne
The passage that I chose that best demonstrates the theme is, “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” This passage says that no one is by themselves in this world there are always people and spirits there to help and guide us. We are not totally alone; we are part of the human race that was created by God. This draws the whole poem together because it illustrates that God calls to all of us because we are all his creations, all created equal. When he tolls his bell, he beckons for all to worship him because he is everyone’s almighty father. I chose this passage because it sums up the whole poem in saying that no man is alone because everyone is bound together by a common creator. Everyone is part of the big continent because we are all God’s children.
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