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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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”


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


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


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


Feelings the poem produces in you: hope and peace



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


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


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


Structural features

Biblical Allusion: “doomsday”


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


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


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


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