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Inbox Prev Next The poems of Sir Walter Ralegh often deal with the issue of death and mortality In some cases he directly deals with the issue and others he uses vast metaphors in order to convey his message For the most part Ralegh takes a very bleak position on the issues of death and aging but in some cases he takes a more optimistic view Ralegh is said to have been a man who was a historian soldier courtier philosopher explorer and of course a poet The fact that he spent the last years of his life in a prison and was then executed for false charges of treason suggest that he knew the potential dangers of his activities and made a conscious decision to live the way he did It is clear from his work that Ralegh did not know exactly what to think about the issue of death and that he spent a great deal of time thinking it over The result of this pressing question in Raleghs mind is a collection of poetry that covers the subject from several different perspectives In Raleghs short poem On the life of Man he as the title suggest reflects
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