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APROPOS POETRY FOR THESE STRESSFUL TIMES
« on: April 04, 2020, 11:13:29 AM »
I remember having to memorize a portion of this poem when studying English Literature in the 8th grade.  It didn't mean much to me at the time, but running across it again today brings home its message in a big way. :coffee:


NO MAN IS AN ISLAND

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 manor 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.

- John Donne
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Re: APROPOS POETRY FOR THESE STRESSFUL TIMES
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2020, 11:39:12 AM »
Great quote.
huh?

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Re: APROPOS POETRY FOR THESE STRESSFUL TIMES
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2020, 01:17:55 PM »
We read that poem in school but I don't remember what grade it was.  Over the years the "No man is an Island" and "For whom the bell toll?  It tolls for thee" are what I hear mentioned most often.  Hemingway's novel about the Spanish civil war probably is the source for most of the quotes.  Thanks for posting the whole thing Craig.
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