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John Donne
June 1572 – March 1631


John Donne was an English poet, satirist, lawyer and a cleric in the Church of England. He is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets.

His poetry is noted for its vibrancy of language and inventiveness of metaphor, especially compared to that of his contemporaries.

"Be thine own palace, or the world's thy jail."

John Donne

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.

Poem "No Man is an Island" by John Donne

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