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"Meditation 17".What is Donne trying to convey in this piece?

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The bell and the island are extended metaphors, or conceits, in Jonn Donne's sermon entitled "Meditation XVII," which sometimes appears as a poem by the same name.

The bell's toll signals a physical death, but not a spiritual one.  He begins the sermon with a quote: 'Now this bell tolling softly for another, says to me, Thou must die."  The bell, Donne says, is not to be feared.  A bell is a welcome sound for Donne, a minister.  The bell signals the time when he and the...

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