Going to sleep, I cross my hands on my chest.
They will place my hands like this.
It will look as though I am flying into myself.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Bill Knott's poem Death


  1. Bhavna says:

    i think “flying into myself” could also be an allusion to the soul. it is said that when we die, the soul flies out of us, leaves the corpse, but Knott has somehow reversed this…instead of flying out, the way we are arranged in the coffin seems to be just the opposite.

  2. Rao says:

    I am surprised by the expression “flying into myself”.
    A beautiful expression though!

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