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No Man Is An Island

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No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man 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 manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
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These famous words by John Donne were not originally written as a poem - the passage is taken from the 1624 Meditation 17, from Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and is prose. The words of the original passage are as follows:

John Donne
Meditation 17
Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

'No man is an iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee....'
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Rose Marie Juan-austin 31 December 2020
A wonderful poem with a meaningful message to humanity. Timeless.
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Carol Calabrese 24 October 2020
Yes No Man is an Island .we must treat each other with kindness dignity redpevt
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SIR RS KC 02 September 2020
Say no more... Greed has got us here at the expense of others: Shame! I am involved in Mankinde And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls It tolls for thee
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George Campbell 22 June 2020
I can find no comment to add to the death of George Flloyd.at this time of crisis.
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Chris 12 March 2020
It makes one want to stop googling and tweeting and blogging and going to MyCrap, and reconsider that faces are more important- in the long measure- than the consumerist fantasy we live.
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June Freshney 01 February 2020
Can't get this out of my head as I reflect on the first day of our being out of EU, Feb 1, he knew what he was about!
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This is not a poem. 29 December 2019
This is not a poem so far as I know. It's from a sermon. Who did the line breaks?
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ckabraham 26 January 2020
Donne himself did. The Meditation was published first; the poem later, but both are always attributed to him.
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Palaiophron 24 October 2020
The " poem" was published nearly 400 years later! Donne did not write in free verse! How fluoridated are you? !
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Yusuf Kabirat Titilayo 17 November 2019
No man is truly an Island.
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Yusuf Kabirat Titilayo 17 November 2019
Hmmm I am proud to be an African...
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Hercy 13 December 2020
You should be. God gifted you with lots of talents, put in continents with lots of wealth and resources.
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Anthony Ames 24 April 2021
Yeah, John was a litle Eurocentric there. One could substitute 'Earth' for 'Europe' if they cared to.
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