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Death Be Not Proud

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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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Tear away the remnants of what I used to be

Following these stagnant truths, rendering this buried youth
Now wrought and scarred with atrophy
Purge from me these blinded eyes, this comatose semblance of life
Where aspirations once died

I'll no longer live this way, there must be more to life than this
Arise from this mindless state. There must be more to life than this
The time is now to break away, from the faceless majority. Lividity is certain here

Tear away the remnants of what I used to be

Claw though this path made by fools
Corrupting regression, ignorance, indolence

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