Tag Archives: Meditation 17

Donne vs. Brexit: No Nation Is an Island

Donne’s “no man is an island” essay–Meditation 17–can be read as a commentary on the inadvisability of a British exit from the European Union (Brexit).

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In Memory of Daniel Berrigan

Daniel Berrigan, Jesuit activist and poet, died this past Saturday. His “A Dark Word” is a fitting way to note his passing.

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No Man Is an Island (Not Even Revis)

New York Jet Darrelle Revis may be single man island who can shut down any receiver who comes near, but ultimately he must acknowledge, like John Donne, that no man is an island.

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The Tolling Bell Says You’re Not Alone

I talked yesterday about the poet being like one blundering around in the dark, making utterances that some, in their suffering, find consoling.  The poet doesn’t know which poems will reach which readers.  To make another analogy, he or she is like Queequeg, carefully constructing a coffin that then, after he is dead and in […]

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