Meditation 17 is often reduced to a simple catchphrase – no man is an island. But the work is so much more. Its structural pattern of meditation, expostulation and prayer is a progressive intellectual process that Donne uses to explore his faith. At the same time, his use of imagery with the notion of books, bells and clods of earth still resonate today. This PowerPoint and the accompanying worksheets break down the layers in each segment and explore the depth of this prose work. Further investigation is encouraged through the use of practical activities in the worksheets.