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John Donne


John Donne famously wrote:  "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."
  English clergyman and metaphysical poet celebrated as a preacher (1572-1631)
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Donne influenced many other artists. For example, Hemingway’s title, "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and Merton’s "No Man is an Island" both came from Donne’s Meditation XVII.
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Poem: Meditation XVII
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  • John Donne famously wrote:  "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."
  • In the University Residence Club at twilight in May, watching the biggest cockroach I had ever seen browse across my copy of The Complete Poetry and Prose of John Donne, I suddenly encountered the face of loneliness, and decided that it was a merciless and ugly face indeed.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • John Donne was an Anglican minister, Jonathan Swift the dean of the Church of Ireland, Edward Taylor and Anne Bradstreet American Puritans (Taylor a minister).
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • "My name is Donne, John Donne," I said.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion

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  • John Donne,
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Sir Philip Sidney, Earl of Essex, Lord Bacon, Sir Walter Raleigh, John Milton, Sir Henry Vane, Isaac Walton, Dr. John Donne, Abraham Cowley, Charles Cotton, John Pym, and John Hales were Englishmen, scholars, statesmen, and authors.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • JOHN DONNE 1.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • If he decided to check out my credentials now, John Donne would fall apart.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • Not bad, John Donne.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • I heard Dave’s voice ask for John Donne in Room 106 and I heard him told that there was no answer.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion

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  • Because of the problems of weight and volume involved, I had brought only what I considered essential books with me; few in number, they included The American College Dictionary, Roget’s Thesaurus, my collection of John Donne, Oates and O’Neill’s Complete Greek Drama, the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy (essential to my hypochondria), the Oxford Book of English Verse and the Holy Bible.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • John Donne.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
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Associated words [difficulty]:   John Donne [8] , Milton [6] , Chaucer [9]
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