Category Archives: Death

Shattered Head

I love this poem called “Shattered Head” by Adrienne Rich. I didn’t understand all of it at first. It describes a person walking uphill in the heat of the day, and finding a skull, described as “a shattered head on … Continue reading

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Epicurus on Death and Hypocrisy In this letter from Epicurus on death, Epicurus claims that death is nothing to us, because the only things that are good or bad are states of awareness, and death is not a state of awareness. We are asked … Continue reading

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Larkin Aubade

There are a number of poems that contain a philosophical argument or an analysis of a philosophical concept. Larkin’s poem on death is a classic example of how poetry can contain philosophical argument and analysis. In this poem Larkin considers … Continue reading

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