An Analysis of The Poem “Death” by George Herbert

This is an analysis of George Herbert’s poem “Death”.

“Death” by George Herbert

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Quotation

Line Number

Meaning of the poem:

Jesus died for our sins and thus when a person dies they can go to heaven and live forever with God.

“ Death, thou was once an uncouth, hideous thing,/ Nothing but bones”

(1-2)

“After the loss of life and sense,/ Flesh being turned to dust and bones to sticks.”

(7-8)

*“But since our Savior’s death did put some blood/ Into thy face,/ Thou art grown fair and full of grace”

(13-15)

“As at doomsday,/ when souls shall wear their new array”

 (18-19)

Feelings the poem produces in you: hope and peace

“Savior”

(13)

“Thou art grown fair and full of grace, / Much in request, much sought for as good.”

(15-16)

“gay and glad […] when all thy bones with beauty shall be clad”

(17-20)

“Therefore we can go die as sleep, and trust/ Half that we have/ unto an honest faithful grave”

(21-23)

Structural features

Biblical Allusion: “doomsday”
“Savior”

(18)
(13)

Imagery: “Flesh being turned to dust and bones to sticks.”

(8)

Death = sleep “Therefore we can die as sleep […] making our pillows either down or dust”

(21-24)

Rhyme pattern: abba, cddc, effe, ghhg, ijji, kllk

(1-24)

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