Listening time: under 3 minutes.
This is the third poem I chose to share with my family, copied out by hand and sent by post. Written as part of a series of meditations by John Donne (1572-1631), it is life-affirming even while it speaks of dying.
Above all, it underlines our connectedness, and despite its specific references to Europe, it strikes me as a poem for humankind. And I found it noteworthy that Donne, an Englishman living on an island, used the continental mainland as his point of reference for belonging to something larger than yourself.
I learned this one by heart many years ago, and it was only when I read Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls that I made the connection between his title and the poem, and their common theme of unity with others.
Source: John Donne (1572-1631) – ‘No Man is an Island’
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