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Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions Together With Death's Duel-logo

Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions Together With Death's Duel

John Donne

Devotions upon Emergent Occasions is a 1624 prose work by the English theologian and writer John Donne, Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. It is a series of reflections that were written as Donne recovered from a serious illness. The work consists of twenty-three parts ('devotions') describing each stage of the sickness. Each part is further divided into a Meditation, an Expostulation (or objection) , and a Prayer. The work is an excellent example of seventeenth century English spirituality and sometimes feels a bit dated. Yet much solid nourishment can be found. “Death’s Duel” is Donne’s last sermon prepared for presentation before the King during Lent; it is commonly seen as Donne’s own funeral oration. The biographical material is from Izaak Walton’s Lives. The most famous part of the Devotions is number XVII (17), containing these lines: 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 friend's 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 bells tolls; it tolls for thee. (Summary by Wikipedia and David Wales)

Devotions upon Emergent Occasions is a 1624 prose work by the English theologian and writer John Donne, Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. It is a series of reflections that were written as Donne recovered from a serious illness. The work consists of twenty-three parts ('devotions') describing each stage of the sickness. Each part is further divided into a Meditation, an Expostulation (or objection) , and a Prayer. The work is an excellent example of seventeenth century English spirituality and sometimes feels a bit dated. Yet much solid nourishment can be found. “Death’s Duel” is Donne’s last sermon prepared for presentation before the King during Lent; it is commonly seen as Donne’s own funeral oration. The biographical material is from Izaak Walton’s Lives. The most famous part of the Devotions is number XVII (17), containing these lines: 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 friend's 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 bells tolls; it tolls for thee. (Summary by Wikipedia and David Wales)
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Devotions upon Emergent Occasions is a 1624 prose work by the English theologian and writer John Donne, Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. It is a series of reflections that were written as Donne recovered from a serious illness. The work consists of twenty-three parts ('devotions') describing each stage of the sickness. Each part is further divided into a Meditation, an Expostulation (or objection) , and a Prayer. The work is an excellent example of seventeenth century English spirituality and sometimes feels a bit dated. Yet much solid nourishment can be found. “Death’s Duel” is Donne’s last sermon prepared for presentation before the King during Lent; it is commonly seen as Donne’s own funeral oration. The biographical material is from Izaak Walton’s Lives. The most famous part of the Devotions is number XVII (17), containing these lines: 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 friend's 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 bells tolls; it tolls for thee. (Summary by Wikipedia and David Wales)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

9h 11m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:00:28


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

47:37


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

12:32


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

11:41


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

17:14


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

14:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

17:38


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

16:02


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

15:34


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

16:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

18:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

16:02


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

11:51


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

19:35


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

13:30


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

12:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

15:15


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

19:04


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

22:06


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

15:37


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

18:27


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

15:05


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

19:16


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:07:04