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How do the lyrics of "I Am a Rock" by Paul Simon relate to the primary message in John Donne's "Meditation 17"?

John Donne in "Meditation 17" and Simon and Garfunkel in their song “I Am a Rock” share a common thread. While Donne claims “no man is an island,” Simon and Garfunkel state the opposite. In both instances, fear is invoked. For Donne, it’s the fear that, because no man is an island, he might be infected with a sickness. For Simon and Garfunkel, that fear is being emotionally hurt. Donne advocates openness, Simon and Garfunkel to become islands.

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John Donne’s "Meditation 17" contains the line “no man is an island,” and Simon and Garfunkel’s song “I Am a Rock” says the opposite, “I am an island.” Donne refers to the idea that we are all connected, whether we admit or not.

All mankind is of one author, and is one volume.

Every man is piece of the continent, part of the main.

Since all humanity is part of the same planet, it is impossible to be anything other than connected. It is akin to marriage: we are together in sickness and in health. As for sickness, when one person is ill, that person puts others at risk, too—as Donne says we are “brought near the door by this sickness.” In...

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