In Reply to: Re: For Whom The Bell Tolls posted by Victoria S Dennis on March 12, 2010 at 21:31:
: : : : : 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.
: : : Here:
: : : 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.
: : : DFG
: : [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.]
: Second Baceseras: this is NOT a poem! (VSD)
What's a poem then? Surely we've got past the stage when we think only things with 'rumpty-tumpty' rhythm and that rhyme are poems, and anything else is not.
I suppose one could argue that poetry is defined by the stuff that Pam Ayres writes, but it's not an argument that I find very convincing.