John Donne: Poems


How did John Donne talk about death in his poems?


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Death is a common image in Donne's poetry. Rather than a sad ending, Donne looked at death as a moment of change: a time of transition. Consider his poem "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning. “In this poem Donne describes leaving his wife as a form of death. Although their love is eternal, their separation has a sense of destruction. In Holy Sonnet 10, Donne personifies death as a transition from the physical state to the spiritual state. Death hence “dies” once a person has transition to the metaphysical state