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John Donne
1572 - 1631

English poet, Anglican minister, member of Parliament, famous for his tortuous 3-hour sermons and his passionate short sonnets


No man is an Island, entire of it self; 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 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.

1624 - Meditation XVII