William Cullen Bryant's “Thanatopsis” is an expression of how people are one with the natural world. It explains how when people die they will become part of the earth again. To William Cullen Bryant, people are created equal to each other. “Thanatopsis” means to have a view or contemplation of death. He also believes somehow nature is an antidote to the sorrow and despair that death brings. Studies have shown how nature is soothing to the soul of the depressed and obstructed. Nature can somehow make pain less painful.
Nature to some people can be an escape. It's like seeing a world outside of our own misery. It brings peace to those who are disturbed. Especially disturbed by the thoughts of death or the action of death its self. The poem “Thanatopsis” has many different themes but, the main theme is Death. “Thanatopsis” is a poem looking at many different angles of death. The poem explains how one can approach death with many different kinds of feelings. Whether it be sorrow or to be indifferent. In this poem, William Cullen Bryant is trying to get the reader to understand that no matter what you will die. In a different sense Bryant is also trying to get his readers not to be afraid of death, but to approach it with an "unflattering trust". He explains in his poem that we the people should not let our lives be disrupted but let go of the negatives or we shall die a lot faster than our life span is meant to be.
“Thanatopsis” is a poem that is mass majority is about death but it is also a poem about nature. Scientific studies show 384 thousand people are born in one day and 156 thousand People die in one day. From the day you were born till the day you actually pass you are slowly dying. Sometimes death rates are higher than birth rates or visversa but the one life that will always outlive any other is nature. In the beginning of Bryant's poem he writes, "O him in the love of Nature holds Communion with her visible forms, she speaks a various language;...
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