Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions

John Donne

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History and Significance

John Donne's Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions is the source of the well-known quotation “No man is an island…” and the source of the title to Ernest Hemingway's For Whom The Bell Tolls. Written while he was convalescing from a serious illness, Devotions remains a significant exposition of religious sentiment in England during the same time period of the King James Bible and powerful work in their own right, aside from specific theology.

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