"Meditation/For Whom the Bell Tolls by John Donne; I need to write an analysis of the rhetorical elements, diction, and sytactical structure.
Here's the poem:
No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each 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 manner of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.
The poem uses plain style, simple diction. It uses much end-stop (commas and periods at the ends of lines). Only a few lines carry over to the next (enjambment).
The imagery used is natural: "island," "sea," "continent," "promontory," "clod." The only non-natural image used is the bell, which is synonymous with death. In other words, death, though inevitable, is not to be taken lightly. The overall metaphysical conceit is an analogy: a piece of nature is not expendable in nature just as a human death must not be expendable to humankind. The theme, of course, is connection: we are all connected.