Please provide a summary and an analysis of John Donne's "Meditation 17."
In "Meditation 17," John Donne is quite ill—thinking that he is probably nearing his own death—when he hears funeral bells ringing. This causes him to ponder the interconnectedness of life and how suffering brings each man closer to God.
Donne notes that people are "translated" (cross from living into the afterlife with God) by various means: old age, sickness, justice, or war. But God's hand is behind each translation. He also notes that the baptism or death of any person in God's Church affects more than that one person, as each person is connected...
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