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Thanatopsis is a powerful and thought-provoking poem that addresses the universal theme of death. Written by William Cullen Bryant, this piece explores the idea of mortality in a deeply philosophical and contemplative way. The imagery used throughout the poem is vivid and evocative, painting a picture of nature as a comforting and eternal presence in the face of death.

Bryant's language is both beautiful and poignant, capturing the solemnity and inevitability of death while also offering a sense of solace and acceptance. The poem encourages readers to embrace their own mortality and find peace in the cycle of life and death that is a natural part of the human experience.

Overall, Thanatopsis is a profound and moving work that explores the complex emotions and ideas surrounding death in a way that is both comforting and enlightening. Bryant's lyrical voice and heartfelt reflections on our mortality make this poem a timeless and enduring piece of literature that continues to resonate with readers today.

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volunteers bring you 11 recordings of Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant.
This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for April 12, 2022.
The author was only 18 when he wrote this contemplation on death, his most famous poem. His teenage musings on nature's capacity to delight us and calm us while we live, then enfold us -- every one of us -- in its bosom for all eternity, captures a serene truth. The earth is a giant graveyard and a consummate leveler, for everybody suffers the same fate in the end.

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