The Dance Macabre (Paean on the nature of life and death as a Humanist Philosophy)
"Dance Macabre" is a generic term often used for a variety of artistic expressions concerning the universality of death. Irrespective of one's station in life, the "dance of death" unites all. The following epic poem may be linked to a historic tradition found in many cultures: for Danse Macabre (French), DanzaMacabra (Italian and Spanish), or Totentanz (German), were late medieval allegories, which invariably representeda personified Death leading a row of dancing figures to the grave; typically with an emperor, king, youngster, and beautiful girl in the entourage. The intention of such tales and images reminds people of how fragile their lives are, and how vain are the glories of earthly life.