By William Cullen Bryant
When people ponder death they wonder about the unknown with trepidation. As a young man, William Cullen Bryant wrote the “Thanatopsis.” His thoughts progress from the fear of death to the acceptance of the event. People should not fear death because everyone dies and becomes a part of nature.
A person should live life without fearing death and think of death as a pleasant rest. In the poem Bryant says, “When thoughts/Of the last bitter hour come like a blight/Over thy spirit,”(8-15). This quote implies when a person fears death he should listen to nature. He also states, “So live, that when the thy summons come to join/The innumerable caravans, …Thou go not, like a quarry-slave at night, /Scourged to his dungeon.”(73-78). He explains here that a person should live life without fearing death. In the following lines the poet states, “approach thy grave, /Lik...