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

go now.

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?

3 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    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.

  • 1 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.

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