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Author's Notes:  I wrote "Bryant's Necropolis Conceit" as a Double Dactyl poem.  I developed the idea for this write based on the poem, "Thanatopsis," written by the 19th century American romantic poet, William Cullen Bryant, beginning in 1813.  Death, and the transition to it from the world of the living was a fascinating theme to Bryant. "Thanatopsis" is a Greek-derived title meaning "meditation on death."  Bryant's style of poetic expression in Thanatopsis and his other poetry is definitely reflective of the Age of Romanticism.  I touched on a few aspects of key symbolism here in my Double Dactyl interpretation that had some relational significance to Bryant's most well-known work. (Gary Bateman - January 15, 2015) (Double Dactyl)

Categories:  allegory, death, grave, imagery, introspection, metaphor, and spiritual.

Bryant’s Necropolis Conceit Silent halls of death so cometh William Cullen Bryant Thanatopsis supremeus now A sepulchre awaits us all. Dour darkness and shroud forever Thanatopsis-Phantasmus The spirit world so beckons us We all shall so wither and fall. Gary Bateman, Copyright © All Rights Reserved, (January 15, 2015) (Double Dactyl)

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Date: 1/20/2015 3:27:00 PM
A little something to ponder, indeed. Birth, life, death claim all, but the spirit goes on. Beautifully penned.
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Gary Bateman
Date: 1/20/2015 3:33:00 PM
Hello ML, I hope I wasn't too morose with this write. But the message is there for all to see. Bryant's poem made an impression on nearly 46 years ago or so when I was senior in high school. I finally had a chance to write about it. Glad you liked it!! Best Always, Gary
Date: 1/17/2015 4:17:00 AM
Hello Gary my dearest friend! Very dark but beautiful pen here ! Yes, I really like your piece a lot. Yes the spirit world is very real and powerful and it always beckons us forth and agree with you, we all shall wither fall and then die but thank God eternity in heaven awaits those saved by His grace . Your pen is truly golden Gary! Very nicely composed! A very solid 7 +++++ from me! And another fav to keep from you! Have a very nice day! God bless you! Wish you always all the best! :) Love and hugs! xxoxoxx D.^0^
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Gary Bateman
Date: 1/17/2015 2:50:00 PM
Hello Dearest "D"!!! Thanks so much for you wonderful note and for the Super Max Seven and the FAV!! I will be writing more of these Double Dactyls in the future. (I've written three of them so far.) Most people shy away from these because of strict requirements for writing them. I still have so many other poetic forms to experiment with!! I know you've done some poetic forms that I've not yet attempted. Regardless, I hope you know that I too always find your poetry to be quite marvelous!!! This write was a dark one, but it's good for all of us poets to attempt all sorts of themes. A Big Hug!! and Best Always, Gary XOXOXO!!
Date: 1/16/2015 5:52:00 PM
excellent pen gary a shade darker this one smiling dear pal beautifully crafted interesting style
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Gary Bateman
Date: 1/17/2015 2:44:00 PM
Thanks Liam Mate!! My Little Green Leprechaun Friend helped me with this one!! Cheers, Gary
Date: 1/16/2015 8:30:00 AM
I have no knowledge about William Cullen Bryant. You may please send me your observation on "Thanatopsis". It would be of help to understand Bryant and your "Necropolis Conceit'. My love and regards to you and Ingrid.Your friend Rajat
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Gary Bateman
Date: 1/16/2015 11:24:00 AM
Hello Rajat My Good Friend, Be sure to read my Author's Notes posted right above the poem. I write these for my own audit trail on all of my writes, and to give visiting readers an idea of what the poem is about, and why the chosen theme was of interest to me, in addition to any other thing I wish to comment on that I feel is of significance. (I will respond separately to you about "Thanatopsis" Rajat via e-mail.) Best Always, Gary
Date: 1/15/2015 3:18:00 PM
Certainly Gary,there are no two ways to this; we can only prolong the fall but one day we shall all become history. Kudos for a well thought out Poem...huggs
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Gary Bateman
Date: 1/15/2015 3:31:00 PM
Hello KAYOD5!! Yes, you are certainly right about this. Who really wants to live forever on this Earth?? I believe the "warranty" on our human bodies is designed to give way for a reason. Glad you enjoyed this write. We all need to write as many poems as we can so we can each leave our own legacy. (Maybe our respective words will survive!!) Best Always, Gary