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,
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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

  • Robert Murray Smith (6/24/2017 6:43:00 AM)


    This famous poem is one of my favorites.+++10 (Report) Reply

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  • (6/22/2017 10:58:00 AM)


    We Americans worship biological life. How superficial.
    We are so terrified of facing death
    because we worship bio-life as the Hollywood media tell us to
    How superficial.

    We accumulate money and paid-off houses
    as though that is who we are.

    We are terrified of death- who is really a great friend.
    (Report) Reply

  • (6/12/2017 10:07:00 AM)


    I am Involved in man kind......How wonderful the feelings about humanity in these words. Great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Upendra Majhi (4/27/2017 3:08:00 AM)


    Any man's death diminishes him. we are capable of learning unlike animals.Crows crow at the carcass of their friend. Perhaps it diminishes them. They crow in a chorus.That lead us to live life ideally in a collective fashion, old
    clan camp.in an exalted manner. as different from the present day individualistic manner.Brilliant poem
    (Report) Reply

    Account User (6/23/2017 9:34:00 AM)

    If there is no afterlife- -then human life is just a dirty trick played on us.
    If there IS an afterlife- -then death is our friend.

    Many people are unable to see this.

  • Oratile Diratsagae (4/15/2017 2:52:00 AM)


    this is good. peace (Report) Reply

  • (3/28/2017 8:43:00 PM)


    Most of us go about our lives not realing how mch influence we have on the people surrounding us. The influence is for good or for ill. The poet John Dunne writes in the hope of influencing us that we may open our eyes to this truth. Therefore, in this light, be inspired by his words, roll up your shirtsleeves, and encourage someone, So easy to become appethetic. Get involved for the good. Someone is waiting to be cared about. Listen to them. (Report) Reply

  • (3/7/2017 6:00:00 PM)


    Tears come to my eyes: any mans death diminishes me..; why today so very few people are involved in Mankinde? ! (Report) Reply

    Ingeborg Von Finsterwalde (3/12/2017 6:44:00 AM)

    Good question Roberto.

  • (3/7/2017 8:56:00 AM)


    Poets are morons. We fight wars to kill people. Look where we are today with all these extra people laying around, mostly morons. Where will we be if we don't kill that North Korean runt before he gets off one of his ICBMs? You think his death would diminish you? (Report) Reply

    Alwi Shatry Alwi Shatry (3/26/2017 8:20:00 PM)

    One-dimensional man. I would have respected your concern if you said the same thing about the war criminals populating the American and European landscapes. Too many to list here, but obviously non-existent in your book.

  • Sylva-onyema Uba (1/26/2017 1:09:00 PM)


    No man is an island

    True talk. We need one another to cohabit and coexist.
    Life is all about lean on me.

    Nice poem from an icon - John Donne.
    (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (12/31/2016 4:27:00 PM)

    tom allport
    we are better together than apart, it is how we as a collective will conquer the stars. (Report) Reply

  • (9/4/2016 9:14:00 AM)


    ❤❤❤ (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (8/13/2016 6:56:00 PM)


    It never loses its beauty, poignancy, or grandeur. Pleased to read it yet again- tis lines to nurture the soul (Report) Reply

  • (8/13/2016 5:11:00 PM)


    A deeply spiritually enveloping message that everyman (and woman) are patterned of the whole, be it of creed, race, age, religion, that the whole is greater then the sum. Important to remember in these times. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/13/2016 3:51:00 PM)


    Entire of itself! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • (8/13/2016 3:38:00 PM)


    One of the most wonderful poems! (Report) Reply

  • Partha Pratim Goswami (8/13/2016 1:39:00 PM)


    I have been swept away by the verse and every word placed with so much accuracy-a simply great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Barry Middleton (8/13/2016 6:23:00 AM)


    One of the most famous and perfect poems in the English language and people give it a 7.7? (Report) Reply

  • (8/13/2016 5:26:00 AM)


    Because I am involved in mankind Great write. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (8/13/2016 2:52:00 AM)


    Great influence this message has to mankind as man is a social animal. If one part of the continent is affect by sea its influence will be there in other parts also. So also, if one man's tragedy will be aving effects on others also as all are connected chain to each other in the world! (Report) Reply

  • Akachukwu Lekwauwa (8/13/2016 12:51:00 AM)


    how better the world would be if all men take such outlook at life (Report) Reply



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