Meditation 17 John Donne

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Could a single death affect society? Should it interest the community or let it only pertain to those involved? In "Meditation 17" by John Donne, 'no man is an island' and we must treasure every life and mourn every death. However, are people really touched if a stranger or enemy dies? In addition, should civilization move on since one or two demises isn't an 'important failure' as described in W. H. Auden's "Musee de Beaux Arts"? Perhaps an isolated death isn't important seeing that mankind can still function without
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