Tag Archives: Personification of Death

“Death” by Rainer Maria Rilke

Rilke’s beautiful funeral poem perfectly captures how precious and valuable life is -- in both the good times and the bad -- with its personification of death

For many of us, the busyness of our daily lives often leads to us taking our lives for granted. When someone we loved dearly dies, our grief and sorrow for his or her absence tends to trigger an urge deep … Continue reading

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Death as a Mother Figure

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow puts an interesting spin on the personification of death

You’ve no doubt caught on to the pun of my column’s title, “The Next Chapter”; how my posts are about literature, thus “chapters,” and also how death is a kind of “next stage” in life. This idea of death as … Continue reading

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