Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant
Summary: Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant is a poem about death. First the narrator says that death is something everyone must do alone, then says that nature will be there to comfort you during and after death.
- For people that go out in nature, Nature will ease any suffering for them
- When you are about to die and have lots of bad feelings, go out into nature and you will be calmed
- You will realize you are one with nature and the earth will take you back
- You will not be alone in death because all other people will be there, and so will all of nature's creations
- Everyone dies and goes to the same place
- Don't be scared of death when it is time to die
- Go to your death when it is time with trust, like one who "lies down to pleasant dreams"
- Bryant made up the word thanatopsis, which means a "view of death"
- Humans should turn to nature when they are about to die even more than normal
- death is originally describes as something you must go at alone, but later is shown as something that nature will help with
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