Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
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 manner 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.
A selected explanation of this poem:
“The idea of tolling of the bell comes from the practice
people would indulge in of going to the village/town church
to ring the bell to announce that someone had died.
So, the tolling of the bell would likely evoke the question:
That is the context in which the poet is writing.
So Donne is saying, as some other posters have commented,
that we are all interconnected
and are all affected by what happens to someone else;
hence, you need not ask for whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for you,
since you too are affected by the passing of another human being.”
Thank you, Tony.
And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother?
And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
Love one another . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie