Hi, i need help interpreting this poem called death snips proud men by carl sandburg. can someone help me?
DEATH is stronger than all the governments because
the governments are men and men die and then
death laughs: Now you see 'em, now you don't.
Death is stronger than all proud men and so death
snips proud men on the nose, throws a pair of
dice and says: Read 'em and weep.
Death sends a radiogram every day: When I want
you I'll drop in--and then one day he comes with a
master-key and lets himself in and says: We'll
Death is a nurse mother with big arms: 'Twon't hurt
you at all; it's your time now; just need a
long sleep, child; what have you had anyhow
better than sleep?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Well I think he's jsut getting at the fact that death has dominion over us. Humankind is arrogant, we act as if we are the masters of the universe which is where "pride" comes in but he is pointing out that next to death we are nothing.
- 1 decade ago
I think It means that know matter what, we all are going to die, Death is the one thing we cannot change no matter how hard we try or how good we think we are.
- toota956Lv 41 decade ago
My take on this poem is:
Death comes to everyone..even the most important and influential of us. It is random and there is no way to predict it.
Everyone is visited by it and some even welcome it.