Saturday, September 3, 2011


We've all heard the famous quote: "No man is an island". This quote comes from a poem written by Jon Donne, who was a poet, satirist, lawyer, and priest. He did most of his writing in the late 1500's to early 1600's. The general meaning of the poem is that human beings do not thrive when isolated from others.

No 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 if a manor 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. 

-- John Donne
Island: A tract of land completely surrounded by water, and not large enough to be  
called a continent. 
Hawaii is a state in the United States comprised of 6 separate islands. 

 Honolulu is one of the most popular resort cities in Hawaii which is located on the 
island of Oahu.
Island: A raised platform with a counter or other work surface on top situated in the 
middle area of a room especially a kitchen, so as to permit access from all sides.  

Island: A low concrete platform for gasoline pumps at an automotive service station. 
David Gilmour (from Pink Floyd) - On An Island (1976) 


  1. i heard a song once that had a verse in it, saying an island never cries. I am trying to remember it, my mom used to listen to it...

    your post made me think of that.

  2. That's the classic tune "I Am A Rock" by Simon and Garfunkel. It is one of my all-time favorite songs...

    I am a rock,
    I am an island.
    And a rock feels no pain;
    And an island never cries.

  3. Love Simon and Garfunkel. Love the John Donne poem, some really powerful imagery.

    I think it would be funny if you did a post about... nothing.



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