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Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

In this meditation, Donne asserts that all humans are interconnected. What happens to one person affects everyone else, because we are all part of God's kingdom and creation. Donne writes, Any...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2020 1:32 am UTC

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"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...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2007 7:45 pm UTC

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The final lines of John Donne's poem or meditation are especially striking. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee. The construction of the sentence seems a...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2015 9:37 pm UTC

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Truly it were an excusable covetousness if we did, for affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it. No man hath affliction enough that is not matured and ripened by and made fit...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2009 11:38 am UTC

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Donne uses an extended metaphor of a book's chapter to represent an individual's life. Our whole life is presented by Donne as a story written down in a great book. However, our lives are not the...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2018 11:36 am UTC

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With regard to the first sentence in "Meditation 17”, John Donne means that someone may have death at their door and not even really know it. The first line of Meditation 17 reads: “Perchance he...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016 12:48 am UTC

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Yes, John Donne would approve this. The phrase comes from one of his sermons, Meditation XVII. The quote is as follows: No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent,...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2019 6:04 pm UTC

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I would characterize the tone of Donne's famous sermon as expressing a special kind of universality. He makes a calm, sober attempt to unite people—surprisingly, perhaps, not so much to unite them...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2018 3:13 am UTC

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This mistake is often made -- the selection to which you are referring is not a poem, but an extract from one of Donne's "Devotions". These were writings on sacred subjects, which Donne sometimes...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2010 8:33 am UTC

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John Donne reflects on the theme of shared suffering and the connections between all people in his famous “Meditation 17.” Let's look at how he expresses this theme. He begins with a quotation in...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2020 7:32 pm UTC

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In his poem, "No Man Is An Island," John Donne is making the point that no one human exists in isolation. We may be separate people, but we all come together to make up a "continent" of humanity....

Latest answer posted January 14, 2021 10:47 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2010 11:31 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2010 12:39 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2019 11:58 am UTC

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Donne's principal theme in Meditation XVII is the interconnectedness of all people within the church. When the church baptizes a child, the action concerns him because "that child is thereby...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2019 6:29 am UTC

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