Matthew Shenoda in his poem "Living Ancients" saw death as a channel for human immortality rather than a means of putting an end to a living breath “we will stand by the graves of our teachers/ and know that we/ like those we’ve buried/ are living ancients”.

The subject  of death with the poem makes it somewhat  an elegy where death is seen as a debt everyone must pay but not an end to existence in as much as the good deeds of such soul lingers in the heart of loved-ones. Another message in the poem has to do with the importance of burial rites.

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