No Man Is An Island

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man 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 manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.

by John Donne

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No man is an island...each man's joy is joy to me....
That comment about it originally being prose was enlightening. Thank you for that.
Good pome
He was saying England is better as part of Europe and Europe is better with England. For whom the Bells Toll... they toll for me.
When someone in the town died, the church bells would ring, or toll. If you didn't know who it was that had died, you might send your servant out to find out. So, to send to know for whom the bell tolls means to send someone to find out who has died. Donne is saying that anyone's death is equivalent to your own death, as we are all part of mankind.
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