Reminiscence

Death Be Not Proud

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Death Be Not Proud

Sonnet X, also known by its opening words as "Death Be Not Proud", is a fourteen-line poem, or sonnet, by English poet John Donne (1572–1631), one of the leading figures in the metaphysical poets group of seventeenth-century English literature. Written between February and August 1609, it was first published posthumously in 1633. It is included as one of the nineteen sonnets that comprise Donne's Holy Sonnets or Divine Meditations, among his best-known works. Most editions number the poem as the tenth in the sonnet sequence, which follows the order of poems in the Westmoreland Manuscript (circa 1620), the most complete arrangement of the cycle, discovered in the late nineteenth century. However, two editions published shortly after Donne's death include the s… more »


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Fragments of the past and their once lurid glow
Begin to dissipate and fall into obscurity
They fade increasingly into the long perspective
This state of letting go, I've grown to truly loathe

They begin to slowly erode, and as they start to wither like a tree in winter's hold
The brilliance of those countless days are now reducing to shades of pale grey

All the memories I held, so beloved in my mind
Disappear they cease to feed the hunger in my soul
Never did I want to let go
Yet I must now wonder why
What were these to me? I just can't see it anymore

These fragments and these remnants
Once held so dearly yet they have succumbed
And yielded to the ravages of time
Sight has been long lost in this once radiant sky with elation
Now reduced to shades of pale grey  

All I loved, and all I held so dear
The recollections from this life, so fleeting, passed me by
Like the leaves that turn and then they fall
Are they truly bound to never return to me at all?

All the memories I held, so beloved in my mind
Disappear they cease to feed the hunger in my soul
Never did I want to let go
Yet I must now wonder why
What were these to me? I just can't see it anymore

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