Professor Ashford critiques the version of "Death Be Not Proud" by English poet, John Donne, that Vivian Bearing uses because it is incorrectly punctuated. The punctuation within a poem can give it an entirely different meaning.
When faced with the concept of her own death, cancer patient Vivian Bearing must re-assess her life and decide if it has been a life well lived. Her nurse gives her options on what to do when her heart fails, and this clip reinforces the importance of human connection.
A renowned professor reassesses her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. Instead of surrounding herself with intelligence and complexity, she turns to simplicity and kindness during these troubling times.