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 any manner of thy friends 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.
Olde English Version
No man is an Island, entire of itselfe; every man
is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine;
if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe
is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as
well as if a Manor of thy friends or of thine
owne were; any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in Mankinde;
And therefore, never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.
Theme: Man and social reality
The inspiring message of the poem is that every human being, according to Donne, is associated with every other person. No one is an "island" in the sense that they are isolated from this metaphorical "continent". My favourite line is "No man is an Island, entire of itselfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine;" . The poet is trying to portray that we are not designed to go through life by ourselves. We often try to get through life's challenges, tribulations, and difficult times, or even amazing moments, on our own, but still, we are connected with each other. We can easily relate this poem to our society as no one is self-sufficient; everyone depends on others. And we are connected with each other in our life.
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