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Poetic Views of Death

             Distinguishing a poets" rhetoric styles on death such as, "Death, Be Not Proud," by John Donne, shares his view on death as a transformation into eternal life. "Ozymandias," by Pearce Bysshe Shelly, uses his poem to describe what was once a powerful figure now has all been forgotten. "Musee das Beaux Arts," (A museum of fine arts), by W. H. Auden, uses Pieter Brueghal's painting to describe how people carry on in their daily lives, despite the suffering of others. "Richard Cory," written by Edwin Arlington Robinson, narrates that despite ones appearances, other feelings both psychological or physically can be happening. .
             "Death, be not proud, though some have called thee / Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so," "Death, Be Not Proud," by John Donne. John Donne's sonnet uses a lot of personification in his poem, narrating death as to be speaking of a person. One of the examples of him using personification starting in the first stanza "Death, be not proud, though some have called thee," implying that "some" people has referred to death as being proud. Donne's sonnet is also a contradiction on his feelings on the subject of death referring to it as "Mighty and dreadful," mighty being something great, and dreadful being a feeling of extreme fear. Donne also attributes his poem religiously, implying upon our fate with death, "One short sleep past, we wake eternally, / and death shall be no more: Death thou shalt die," the thirteenth and fourteenth stanza. Donne expression is that we shall receive eternal life after death, a conception of the human race, with faith; our higher being shall grant us eternal life through our Jesus Christ, Our Lord. .
             "I met a traveler from an antique land," "Ozymandias," by Percy Bysshe Shelly, who basis his poem on a historical monument, and uses personification and verbal irony throughout his poem. An example of personification in "Ozymandias," is identified in the first stanza, "I met a traveler from an antique land," referring to himself as meeting the traveler.

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