Death, be not proud (Holy Sonnet 10)
by John Donne
Death, be not proud (Holy Sonnet 10) Religion Quotes
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For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me. (lines 3-4)
The immortality of the soul is the reason that Death doesn’t really "kill." As expressed in this poem, does this idea seem profound, or just clever and superficial?
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul’s delivery. (lines 7-8)
"Best men" is vague enough that it can have religious or secular meanings. Does it mean courageous warriors who risk life and limb for their country, or does it means religious martyrs who prefer to meet death than compromise their beliefs? In point of fact, soldiers can be religious heroes, too, especially if there is no separation of church and state, as in Anglican England.