What is your vision of death? Where do we go after we die? Describe the images you may seeafter/during death. Is death the enemy or a naturalpart of life? What important lessons has life/death taught you?
• “Memento Mori” – decorations to remind people that they will die one day
“Carpe Diem” – Seize the day; livelife to the fullest; make a mark onthe world; be remembered
Main idea: all people die andtheir remains return to earthto become part of the wholeof nature.•lines 8-15: People can derivelessons from Nature. Theyshould look to this sourcewhen they are feeling sadand fearful about death.
• People’s thoughts near death: Of the last bitter hour, sad images of agony, shroud and pall, narrow house (coffin or grave)• Nature described will help those that are in harmony with it, happiness and beauty, a healing sympathy when dark thoughts of death enter human minds
• Lines 22-30• Earth claims the body, individual being is surrendered, human becomes brother to the insensible rock, trees grow through it• Emphasizes the relationship and closeness of humans and nature.
Hopeful and joyous; thereis companionship; incontrast with thegloomier, solitary mood ofthe first stanza
• When you die, you will not be alone. Joined by patriarchs, kings, the wise, the good, the beautiful, seers and other powerful humans.
Lines 48-50. More people buried in the earththan alive on it. In Bryant’s time, fewerpeople were alive on earth than the totalnumber who had previously died.
• Nature will decorate your tomb. Quiet mountains, woods and majestic rivers grow on top of graves. Melancholy ocean, the shining sun, the stars and planets shine on death’s resting places. Even in the quietest and most lonely spots, the dead are present (54).
What happens to those that die without friends?• Not alone, have death in common with the human race. Even those that continue to laugh, brood, cry or chase phantoms after your death will one day die and join you.
• Death is gentle, kindly, non-violent, in joining together human kind with ancestors and beauty of nature. Humans give up individuality and become a part of a larger whole.
Images of the afterlife and deathappear:•Death as the innumerable caravan•Afterlife is the mysterious realm.
Understanding and acceptingdeath = no fear.•People should look forwardto a peaceful afterlife withoutexpecting the heavenpromised in religion.•Everyone is equal in death
• Live fully while you can, but when the time comes for you to join all those who have died before you, you can meet death serenely, like a person who is about to settle down to a peaceful nap.