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A Study of John Donnes Holy Sonnet 10 Holy Sonnet 10 expresses the likelihood that death is not the end of life but only the beginning of an eternal awakening Using personification and metaphors Donne illustrates the irrelevance of death in ones life as merely being a short transitional stage By portraying deaths imaginary victory in ending a life the author uses irony to reveal that death itself that dies Death be not proud though some have calld thee Mighty and dreadful for thou art not so For those whom thou thinkst thou dost overthrow Die not poor Death nor yet canst thou kill me From rest and sleep which but thy pictures be Much pleasure then from thee much more must low And soonest our best men with thee do go Rest of their bones and souls delivery Thou art slave to fate chance kings and desperate men And dost with poison war and sickness dwell And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well And better than thy stroke why swellst thou then One short sleep past we wake eternally And death shall be no more Death thou shalt die One of the top subjects for writers throughout the course of history has been the devastating effect of death on humans Because death does not have a capital in the last line of the poets writing death does not contain its mightiness By giving Death a capital in this line the publisher also gives death its undeserving power The poet personifies death with a challenge towards it In the statement Death be not proud though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful for thou are not so one sees why death is so insignificant and why it should be humbled The poet informs death not to be arrogant over victory According to the poem after death One short sleep past we wake eternally Death only has control over
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