W H Auden was an Ehglish-American poet. Auden’s poetry was noted for its stylistic and technical achievement, its engagement with politics, morals, love and religion. He is best known for love poems such as ‘Funeral Blues’, poems on political and social themes such as ‘September 1 1939’ and ‘The Shield of Achilles’, poems on cultural and psychological themes such ‘The Age of Anxiety’ and poems on religious themes such as ‘For the Time Being.’
John Donne was an English poet and cleric in the Church of England. He is considered the pre eminent representative of the metaphysical poets. His works are noted for their strong, sensual style and include sonnets, love poems, religious poems.
‘No Man is an Island’
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 wasted away by
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
And thereforenever send to know
for whom the bell tolls
It tolls for thee.