John Donne

(24 January 1572 - 31 March 1631 / London, England)

No Man Is An Island - Poem by John Donne

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,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

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....'

Comments about No Man Is An Island by John Donne

  • Adeeb Alfateh (6/16/2019 2:10:00 AM)

    As well as if a promontory were.
    As well as if a manor of thy friend's
    Or of thine own were:

    great write 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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  • (5/13/2019 5:24:00 AM)

    The poem is ageless. It is as relevant now as it was when it was written. (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (5/7/2019 4:20:00 AM)

    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.../// o what a greatly wrote these lines are; love this great poem
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  • Manpreet Singh (4/14/2019 6:37:00 AM)

    Everyday we die a little. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/12/2019 7:35:00 PM)

    cONNECTION OF MAN WITH THE EARTH ANDTO ONE ANOTHER IS SYMBIOSIS which we see all over the place between man and the plants and animals, But fascism denies all of this (Report)Reply

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  • (4/7/2019 2:27:00 PM)

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  • (3/12/2019 4:27:00 PM)

    this poem is a suck 1/5 would give 10 if could (Report)Reply

    (4/6/2019 9:20:00 PM)

    That anyone could describe Donne's masterpiece as a suck is beyond me

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  • (2/13/2019 6:37:00 AM)

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  • (1/13/2019 12:25:00 PM)

    And my Yoruba grey hairs will say “igi kan kii da igbo se“ A tree doth not make a forest (Report)Reply

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  • (1/5/2019 6:08:00 AM)

    Instead of having everything like the ocean surrounded by the island country,
    We has various characteristics and the beauty of the sphere that drinks the precepts.
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  • (12/14/2018 4:21:00 AM)

    The Individual Good versus The Common Good. It is 100% wrong of the Premise of what the Leftist Democrat Individual (Especially the Feminist and All Those Who Smoke Weed, Do Drugs and Its Legalization. Abortion and Doing Drugs and Its Legalization Comes From The Same Tree.) says that I can do whatever I want, if I do not hurt myself. (Report)Reply

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  • (11/5/2018 10:40:00 AM)

    It brushed away my struggle with myself (Report)Reply

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  • (10/30/2018 9:57:00 AM)

    We would do well to make this application today. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/23/2018 4:25:00 PM)

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  • (9/27/2018 9:32:00 AM)

    Disgusting comments from Cian. Please remove. (Report)Reply

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  • (9/24/2018 2:59:00 AM)

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  • (9/10/2018 8:26:00 AM)

    NAH M8 TURTLES GAY AF (Report)Reply

    (3/12/2019 4:29:00 PM)

    dang tertl are giey

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  • (9/10/2018 8:25:00 AM)

    i like turtle dicks......
    oh well.....
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  • (9/10/2018 8:22:00 AM)

    Cian Hanrahan is hard Cian Hanrahan is hard
    Cian Hanrahan is hard Cian Hanrahan is hard
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  • (9/10/2018 8:19:00 AM)

    This makes me hard
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Thursday, May 30, 2013


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