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"Thanatopsis  written by William Cullen Bryant in 1817, is an explication of death. Thanatopsis, which is Greek for "meditation on death  (Michael et. al. 712), is an exploration into the ambiguity of death and Bryant attempts to show the relationship between death's eternal questions and the continuance of the cycle of nature and life.

William Cullen Bryant is often described as an early Romanticist who also exhibits some characteristics of earlier types of thinking such as, Calvinism. In this poem, he establishes a clear link between God and Nature through his use of images in relation to; society, destiny, social status and everlasting trust in the afterlife. Although he views these entities from a mainly romanticist viewpoint, the poem also has many underlying attributes to a Calvinistic way of thinking.

William Cullen Bryant was born November 3rd, 1794. He was born into a Puritan family

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