Themes in Hymn to God, my God

Death, the final passage

The main theme in Hymn to God, my God is of Death as Friend: a transition from one place to another, or an entry into a sacred space. The geographical images bring this out strongly. Here sickness likely to lead to death focuses attention on the afterlife and gives a map or direction finder to it. Life is a journey, and the process of dying seen as the final passage through to the ultimate destination.

Investigating Hymn to God, my God
  • To what extent does this way of looking at illness and death make sense to you?
  • How do these ideas and images help Donne to face the prospect of death?
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