If We Must Die
by Claude McKay
If We Must Die Mortality Quotes
How we cite our quotes: By line: (Line X)
Shall be constrained to honor us though dead! (8)
This could be lifted straight out of the Iliad or another Greek heroic epic, because the myth was that your afterlife lasted as long as living people remembered you.
And for their thousand blows deal one deathblow! (11)
This is a very macho attitude towards death. The speaker does not intend to go down a victim.