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TimestampChoose your classYour HouseYour name1. What clues does the poem's title give you about the theme of the poem? 2. Who is the speaker of the poem? 3. Who is the audience for the poem? 4a. “Holy Sonnet X” is an elegiac poem—a meditation on the meaning of death and humankind’s mortality set up as the speaker’s address to Death. The speaker argument has four parts: the first tells Death what s/he is not. What does Death think s/he is? 4b. The second part of the argument reveals Death as a type of sleep. How does this comparison deflate the importance of Death?4c. The third part of the argument ridicules Death's station in the scheme of the universe. Who, according to the speaker, usually commands Death? With whom does Death hang out? How effective is Death's "stroke"? (In Donne's time, Death was sometimes pictured armed with a spear--see the picture above).4d. The last part of the argument concludes that even Death her/himself is subject to death. How is this possible? (Tip: the word “holy” in the title indicates that the speaker is religious, so…)5. "Holy Sonnet X" is a fourteen-line sonnet in loose iambic pentameter (five beats) and rhyming ABBAABBACDCDEE. Traditionally, sonnets are love poems. Is Donne following this traditional function of the sonnet, subverting it in some way, or sort of both? If he is somewhat following the tradition of the sonnet, for whom is the speaker expressing love? 7a. What is the tone of the poem? 7b. From what key words or phrases did you deduce the poem's tone?8. Figures of speech/Symbol/ Allusion: Choose the category that best fits each phrase. ["Death, be not proud"]8. Figures of speech/Symbol/ Allusion: Choose the category that best fits each phrase. ["Death"]8. Figures of speech/Symbol/ Allusion: Choose the category that best fits each phrase. ["rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be"]8. Figures of speech/Symbol/ Allusion: Choose the category that best fits each phrase. ["Death, thou shalt die"]9. Based on all the above, what is poem's central viewpoint or insight about Death (and, perhaps, Love)?
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9/20/2014 14:47:165812 (5:45)PlathIt may have something to do with religion.John Donne

Dr. X: Nope--conflating author and speaker. Remember they may be different.
DeathProud, Mighty,and DreadfulSleep is something everyone is okay with, it does not arise any fear or anxiety to most people. We know sleep as only temporary.Fate, chance , kings, and desperate men, command death. Death hangs out with poison, war and sickness.this means that after people die, Death do not exist anymore.
This is a religious poem and religious people believe in life after death..
He is expressing love for eternal life. Religious people believe in life after death.

Dr. X: Good thinking. For someone who is religious, WHO is the one that grants humans life after death? Therefore, this is a love sonnet for whom?
passionate/ardent, somber/grim/grave, defiant/resistant"Die not poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me"
"One short sleep past, we wake eternally, and death shall;; be no more."
Personification ApostropheMetaphorParadox (and Irony)That death comes around, but he will not win.
The poem has figured death out, labeled it, and is ready to bypass it, knowing what it is capable of.
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3/22/2015 14:30:50(2:15)PLATHthe clue I interpret is about religion, faith, ex: ChristianityA maleDeaththe speaker is telling death she/he is not mighty and dreadful.what I undestand is when the speaker compares death to sleep or rest is that is transitory.the speaker tells death she/he is a slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men. Also the speakers tells death she/he "hang outs" with poison, war and sickness. he compares death's stroke is weaker than a stroke of a poppy(flower)as the titles suggests with the word "holy" it implies the speaker is religious, hence the time the sonnet was written (1601-1610?). he tells death that she/is transitory or temporary(Death you are a nap) because as a Christian follower, the speaker believes in eternal life.the speaker may follows the structure of a sonnet, but not the traditional love poem. if he really expressing love, the speaker might profess to his savior/God. since he believes he will have eternal life. happy/ecstatic/joyful, defiant/resistant"for thou are not so", "death sall be no more". "death, thou shall die"ApostrophePersonification MetaphorApostrophethe poem central viewpoint is the speaker or mankind triumph over death.

Dr. X: Not bad, but it is not mankind's triumph but WHOSE?
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3/22/2015 22:25:12(5:45)PlathThe title sets the tone for a religious poem.John DonneDeathDeath knows he is the final fate for every person. Death believes there is no afterlife.Sleeping is described when the deceased body is viewed by the public. But, viewing the body should be seen as the deceased living in eternal life.Death follows the life of each man. Death hangs out during wars and illnesses.Death can die because the speaker believes in eternal life.The religious aspect of the poem, I think, explains how death can I think the speak is expressing love for the calling to live without pain. After death, the speaker explains how death is not viewed as sorrowful. The poem is used to express the love of life and that life doesn't not end when death has arrived.sincere/honestThe quote,"Mighty and dreadful, for thou are not so", stood out to me because the speaker describes the opposite feelings of how death is viewed. I thought this statement set the tone of the poem.Personification Personification MetaphorParadox (and Irony)Death only ends the existence of the human body. The soul continues to live in eternity.
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10/1/2017 14:45:57(5:45)PlathVikesh LatchmanIt has something to do with race, and a women.Unknown/UnclearThe readerI am not sure.When you die you cannot wake up, you sleep forever."Thou'art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men" Jihn Donne Death is everywere.When we die there can be no more death, death is gone just like everthing else.Nofearful/frightened/unsettledDeath, kill me, sleep ApostrophePersonification MetaphorParadox (and Irony)Death can happen to everyone even death, death can happen any were and to anyone, even in youre sleep.
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10/1/2017 18:40:17(5:45)PlathMaya Colello It is one person speaking because its a sonnet and this poem has religious references because of the word Holy.

John DonneDeathDeath thinks it is important, mighty and dreadful. The speaker is telling him its not mighty and death. Death is important because its a life cycle. The comparison of death to sleep deflates the importance of sleep because when you sleep you eventually wake up oppose to death when you never get up from endless sleep. They say death as a type to sleep because everyone the loves sleep and they want people to love death and not be afraid. My religious belief as a catholic is I believe God demands death. Death hangs out with life because it is with us at all times and it waits for its turn as it follows our life. Death's stroke is very effective in my opinion because my mother was in a car accident and she said she saw her life flash before her eye. The first people she seen were her children.The speaker is religious and in line 13 he talks about awaking from eternal life.The speaker is expressing love toward God because once we wake up from eternal sleep we awake to God and should not be afraid.worshipful/reverent/adoring, thoughtful/contemplative, sincere/honest, ironicHoly is religious term used in the poem. The 5th and 6th line he uses the terms pleasure and sleep to take away the fear of death. In line 13 he says "we wake eternally" which is another religious term.Personification ApostropheMetaphorParadox (and Irony)The speaker is not afraid of death. Love because eventually you will wake up eternally and death is another phase in a person life. Life is something we love.
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10/2/2017 20:51:09(2:15)plathTenjing Dolkar SherpaThe title gives me a theme that it was written on that time when there were difference between the black and whites,which is why the title indicates dark girl.A maleThe readerdeath think s/he is afraid.it tells you that death is like going to sleep. like when you sleep,you get a complete rest,you forget everything and get free from everything.death comes itself. religiously,it comes when it is the time for you.death stroke can be very painful.death comes within itself. religiously everthing (your future) comes written .so,death is connected and it comes when it has to.may be the speaker is expressing love towards death.thoughtful/contemplativemighty,dreadfulParadox (and Irony)MetaphorPersonification Apostrophethe poem's central viewpoint about death and love is that death and love are like releasing our pain and sorrows. it is like getting sleep and we let our problems be free.

Dr. X: Interesting
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10/3/2017 0:25:29(2:15)PlathAriful IslamRest in peach.Unknown/UnclearDeathdeath is a fact that everyone has to face in some point.death is a type of sleep that no one will ever be awaken from.According to the speaker death commands by someone create by God.After killing everyone's in the universe God will command it to kill itself.I don't know.fearful/frightened/unsettleddeath shell not be more.Paradox (and Irony)Paradox (and Irony)MetaphorPersonification we should have choice.
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10/3/2017 8:54:23(5:45)PlathStephanie EssorThe clues that the poems title give me about the theme of the poem, when I break down the title Holy i think of the poem is related to religion or god in some way.Unknown/Unclearthose who are scared to die In the first two lines of the poem
" Death , be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou are not so "
Death to me think that s/he is a big bad wolf, like someone that we should all fear.
In the beginning you think of death in a fearful way, your scared of death but when death is being compared to sleep you become less scared , because sleep is very peaceful its like you are now content with death.
According the the speaker in line 9, fate, chance, kings and desperate men commands death .Im not to sure who the speaker is saying death and out with could it be poison, war and sickness?Death stroke is not effective at all death has no power anymore , one can take their own life if they want if u want to go to sleep u can just take a drug like poppy which makes u happy and go to sleep which death is compared to. Death has no control and give no commands Fate on believes determines when u are suppose to die death just carries it out, Chance is like luck you can have bad luck where you just die and kings are leaders they can cause a lot of people to die at one time. In lines 13 and 14
" one short sleep past , we wake eternally
And death shall be nomore; Death thou shalt die
In the bible Christians believe that when u die you go to another place maybe heaven, I'm not to sure. so when you go to sleep which death is and then u wake up from that sleep eternally and death can have no more effect on you then death has no purpose he is gone , he wont bother you anymore.
i dont see this poem being a traditional sonnet i could be wrong i see nothing of love in this poem , but then again could it mean love when someone is telling you not to fear something as bad as death trying to put your ind at ease when it comes to the thought of death? If there is any love in this poem maybe the speaker is expressing his love for the reader defiant/resistant"be not proud", "nor yet canst though kill me "Personification ApostropheMetaphorParadox (and Irony)the overall viewpoint of the poem on death even though /he may want you to fear it and think that is has such power is really not something you need to fear because death is painless , can be fun if you take drugs and al you are doing is sleeping and when you reach the after life , heaven you death wont be around to bother you or make you worry.
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