Full fathom five thy father lies.
Of his bones are coral made.
Those are pearls that were his eyes.
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell
- William Shakespeare - The Tempest
Full Fathom Five Thy Father Lies, a poem taken from William Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest” is a song sung by the spirit Ariel to Ferdinand, the prince of Naples, who mistakenly thinks his father died by drowning in the sea in Act 1 Scene 2. The poem makes death as a valuable and meaningful element as death transforms the temporary and mortal human body into something valuable, a permanent and precious element.
As Ariel sings to Ferdinand in his sad, gloomy mood to console him, he mentions that his father is lying (sleeping) dead, thirty feet below the sea. His bones have been changed into coral. His eyes have been changed into pearl. No parts of his body has been spared and gone in vain. Receiving these precious elements, the sea has also become rich and strange. All the sea nymphs have done all the formalities required like ringing the knell ding dong.
Death, considered a meaningful element, is regarded as an art that converts the temporary mortal body into something eternal, immortal, valuable, and precious. So, according to Shakespeare, death is not the end of life but it is just a transformation of life from one form to another.