In Reply to: Re: For Whom The Bell Tolls posted by David FG on March 12, 2010 at 18:06:
: : : Does anyone know who first put John Donne's "For Whom The Bell Tolls" into sonnet form?
: : I can't imagine how you would put that paragraph from a sermon into sonnet form! Can you post a link to this? (VSD)
: It is a poem - by John Donne.
: 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.
[Breaking the text into irregular short lines with initial capitals doesn't make a poem of this excerpt from a prose sermon by the reverend Dr Donne. - B.]