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Thanatopsis Summary & Analysis
by William Cullen Bryant

Thanatopsis Summary & Analysis
by William Cullen Bryant

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"Thanatopsis" was written by William Cullen Bryant—probably in 1813, when the poet was just 19. It is Bryant's most famous poem and has endured in popularity due its nuanced depiction of death and its expert control of meter, syntax, imagery, and other poetic devices. The poem gives voice to the despair people feel in contemplating death, then finds peace by viewing death as a harmonious part of nature.

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