"No man is an island" (1624)

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For Whom The Bell Tolls

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manner of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

"Meditation 17, Devotions upon Emergent Occasions". (1624)
de John Donne (1572 -1631) Great English poet, representative of metaphysical poets. He is buried in St. Paul's cathedral, of which he had been Dean since 1621.

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