What are John Donne's themes in Meditation XVII?
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 connected to that body which is my head too, and ingrafted into that body whereof I am a member." The same is true when the church buries a man, since "all mankind is of one author." This leads Donne to his famous conclusion that...
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