We do not die to be left alone. Instead, we share the afterlife with many who came before us. Another scene that is compelling is when the poet describes the:

Long train

Of ages glides away, the sons of men

The youth in life's fresh spring, and he who goes

In the full strength of years, matron and maid,

The speechless babe, and the gray-headed man

Shall one by one be gathered to thy side,

By those, who in their turn shall follow them. (67-73)

In this scene, we are shown the majesty of death with all of life -- past and present in one scene. We have all of those figures, representing a lifetime of memories that linger behind the man as he makes his way toward the other side of life.

Work Cited

Bryant, William Cullen. "Thanatopsis." Masterpieces of American Poetry. Van Doren, Mark, ed.

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