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Randavous with death (CTS: SESSION VI Analysis)

Have a listen. It’s just a small section of the whole poem down below:

Alan Seeger (1888-1916)

I have a rendezvous with Death

At some disputed barricade,

When Spring comes back with rustling shade
And apple-blossoms fill the air-
I have a rendezvous with Death
When Spring brings back blue days and fair.

It may be he shall take my hand
And lead me into his dark land
And close my eyes and quench my breath-
It may be I shall pass him still.
I have a rendezvous with Death
On some scarred slope of battered hill,
When Spring comes round again this year
And the first meadow-flowers appear.

God knows ’twere better to be deep
Pillowed in silk and scented down,
Where love throbs out in blissful sleep,
Pulse nigh to pulse, and breath to breath,
Where hushed awakenings are dear…
But I’ve a rendezvous with Death
At midnight in some flaming town,
When Spring trips north again this year,
And I to my pledged word am true,
I shall not fail that rendezvous.


I stumbled upon this not too long ago and it made me wonder about my war and illustration CTS session, way back when. The alarming thing was that I didn’t realise at the time, but the session was only covering illustrators viewpoints on the matter (in which most,of not none of them have any experiences with war). 

We forgot that the best illustrators to contextualise the essence of war are those fighting the war themselfs. Many of whom, decided to document their experiences through poems and letters.

Talk about a realisation!




Seeger, A. (1916) “I have a rendezvous with death”, Modern American poetry, (Accessed: 4 May 2016).

Seeger’s poem questions the fear of departing from the material world. Death is not something to be feared, but to calmly be accepted and perhaps anticipated. The word “rendezvous” is based around the narrator meeting this personage of death as if he were to meet any other man, demonstrating a calm serenity along side of a generally unpleasant situation.

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