Posted by Harikrishnan Menon on February 20, 2003
In Reply to: John Donne and No man is an island... posted by Deborah Najarro on February 20, 2003
The lines are from John Donne's "Meditation XVII
- Devotions upon Emergent Occasions".
The paragraph in context (in modern spelling) is as follows:
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."
http://isu.indstate.edu/ilnprof/ENG451/ISLAND will give you additional information.