14 October, 2006

Quiz Question (3)

The name of which famous literary work is contained in the completion of this short item. It was originally a prose piece but is now usually presented as verse:
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......


Blogger pink ginger 珂琳 said...

Bazza, nice to meet you. your 'Normal Life' is indeed very extra ordinary.

Saturday, October 14, 2006  
Blogger Rob said...

For whom the bell tolls

Saturday, October 14, 2006  
Blogger Bazza said...

pink ginger: How do you do and thank you! The feeling is mutual

rob: I knew you would know it; just remember that no man is an island!

Saturday, October 14, 2006  
Blogger Rob said...

In my teens my father also said to me, "No man is an island".

Saturday, October 14, 2006  
Blogger jim said...

No man is an island. I will remember that. I think Joan Baez also spoke this verse to music. I seem to hear her voice in it, from my memory. Thanks Bazza.

Saturday, October 14, 2006  
Blogger Whitehawk said...

Beautiful quote ... have not seen that in a while ... cheers

Saturday, October 14, 2006  
Blogger Deepak Gopi said...

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Sunday, October 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Donne of course. It is quoted in the novel of Hemingway- For Whom the Bell Tolls.

Sunday, October 15, 2006  
Blogger Bazza said...

rob: Also remember; Rob.....it tolls for thee!

jim: I don't remember Joan Baez doing that, Jim. She could recite the Telephone Directory and make it seem beautiful and full of meaning.

whitehawk: Welcome. Glad to have pleased you.

deepak: I have seen those temple pictures and they are superb.

benny: Thanks for coming back Benny. My picture is of John Donne, of course. But I deliberately chose a rarely seen one.

Just to make it clear the poem ends:
Ask not for whom the bell tolls.
It tolls for thee.

Sunday, October 15, 2006  
Blogger Stephen Simmonds said...

Hi Bazza,

Somewhere in my mind the connections were there:
no man is an island... John Donne... for whom the bell tolls...
and of course that leads to Alistair Maclean, doesn't it?

Pity I can do that associativity more easily than I can recall the verse!

Looks like it's quite commonly misquoted ("ask not for whom the bell tolls"). Rather like "water, water everywhere, _nor any_ drop to drink"... Coleridge, too, is a poet I appreciate, albeit not often enough.

Monday, October 16, 2006  
Blogger Bazza said...

Hello Stephen. I think the Alistair Maclean novel you are thinking of is When Eight Bells Toll. For Whom the Bell Tolls is by Ernest Hemingway. You may have noticed that in my last comment I gave the answer slightly incorrectly. It should have read: send not to know for whom the bell tools, it tolls for thee. Doh!

Monday, October 16, 2006  
Blogger jim said...

Yes, Joan is that good Bazza, she could say my name and melt me!

But no one can write like these heros of yours, Donne is tremendous, I wish I could write like this and the others you have presented. I will keep trying, they are great role models, thanks Bazza.

Monday, October 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice stuff...thank you

Friday, October 20, 2006  
Blogger bazza said...

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Thursday, August 12, 2010  

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