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than·a·top·sis

 (thăn′ə-tŏp′sĭs)
n.
A meditation upon death.

[Greek thanatos, death + -opsis.]
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thanatopsis

(ˌθænəˈtɒpsɪs)
n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a meditation on death, as in a poem
[C19: from Greek thanatos death + opsis a view]
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thanatopsis

a survey of or meditation upon death.
See also: Death, Meditation
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thanatopsis - an essay expressing a view on the subject of death
essay - an analytic or interpretive literary composition
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References in classic literature ?
The pie list swelled; the richer puddings had vanished; the sausage, with his drapery wrapped about him, barely lingered in a pleasant thanatopsis with the buckwheats and the sweet but doomed maple.
Acuna, my literature teacher, introduced us to Silas Marner, Thanatopsis, and Ichabod Crane.
Like the preening members of the Thanatopsis Club in Sinclair Lewis's Main Street (1920), the "indomitable huntresses of erudition" (Wharton 1958,16) of the Hillbridge women's study group in Wharton's "Xingu" (1916) are arraigned before the reader with the sole aim of condemning the degradation of culture under the combined pressures of parochialism and commercialism.
1) In Gopher Prairie there is Thanatopsis Club (thanatopsis = Greek "vision of death"; a name that was probably suggested by the poem which William Cullen Bryant, aged sixteen, wrote after reading Robert Blair's The Grave and William Cowper's The Task): this is the main cultural force of the city, led by the most eminent ladies, who attend conferences on the English poets.
But poignant is American poet William Cullen Bryant's "Thanatopsis" or reflections on death.
(28.) It was Bryant's "Thanatopsis" that William cited in hs autobiography (24).
Durand's Landscape--Scene from 'Thanatopsis' (1850) illustrates the melancholic poem of the same title by William Cullen Bryant (1811, 1817).
"Thanatopsis for Critics: A Brief Thesaurus of Deaths and Dyings." Essays in Criticism 2.4 (1952): 369-75.
"Imaginative Thanatopsis: Death and the 19th-century American Subject." DAI 70, No.