What is death be not proud about?

'Death be not proud' is a poem by John Donne, poet and appointed dean of St Paul's cathedral in London in 1621. He was a pretty amazing man, managing to be taken seriously as a clergyman, member of parliament and poet. There is a stunning portrait of him in the national Portrait Gallery in London with a wicked glint in his eye.

Death be not proud is one of his later poems concerning God and his vision of Him. It discusses how, if you follow God and allow God into your life and the world then Death means nothing and loses his power over man. The final line, 'Death thou shalt die' is a marvellous example of Donne's ability to twist the mundane and make it extraordinary. This poem has as much power and depth as his earlier love poetry which is as witty and clever. The Flea is the most unexpected subject matter and bizarre way to convince a lady to sleep with him. All strange stuff from a clergyman!