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Death, be not proud (Holy Sonnet 10)

Death, be not proud (Holy Sonnet 10)


by John Donne

Death, be not proud (Holy Sonnet 10) Resources


Donne Recordings
Audio files with readings of the poem, including "Death, be not proud."



After you see this picture, you’ll know why the ladies love him.


The flower people use to make opium.

Historical Documents

Digital Donne

A fantastic resource. You can check out the first published versions of Donne’s poetry, which have a different punctuation and order.

T.S. Eliot Essay

An famous essay by the poet T.S. Eliot on the Metaphysical Poets.


John Donne: A Collection of Critical Essays, by Helen Gardner

Gardner is one of the most important Donne scholars of the 20th century.

Wit: A Play, by Margaret Edson

An fantastic Pulitzer Prize winning play about a John Donne scholar diagnosed with cancer. Facing her own death, Donne's poems, and particularly "Death be not proud," take on new meaning for her. This play was also turned into a great movie starring Emma Thompson.



A fantastic Web site containing a detailed biography, scholarly essays on Donne, and a very large selection of his works.


Make sure to check out the link to "A Brief Guide to the Metaphysical Poets."


"Death, be not proud": Live action version
An actor reads the sonnet while sitting next to a fireplace.

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