Meditation 17

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The main theme in John Donne's Meditation XVII is that all in the body of Christ is connected, one to another. His thesis states, "The church is catholic, universal, so are all her actions; all that she does belongs to all,  and he uses the bell, which he held in high esteem, to express this idea to his audience. The church bell is here not only a symbol of death, but also a clock almost throughout the lives at the time of each person.

One of the symbols he uses to convey the message of unity in Christ's body is that each man is a chapter in a book, and " ¦when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language.  Death is a factor that every person has in common. All that live must die, even those who are among the body of Christ. The translation is the phys

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