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    John Donne - Death Be Not Proud

Death Be Not Proud. A poet, a lawyer and a priest. The poetry of John Donne (1572-1631) is noted for its enthusiastic language and metaphorical resource. No stranger to sorrow, he experienced the deaths of four of his immediate family before his tenth birthday.

This poem aptly reflects his theological view toward Death and alludes to St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” Though Donne died having never published a poem in his lifetime, he will be remembered as one of poetry’s immortals. “Each man's death diminishes me, for I am involved in mankind. Therefore, send not to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee”.

Music composed by Quint Starkie

John Donne
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