PJ Harvey reads out John Donne’s ‘No Man is an Island’ during Glastonbury set

"If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less"

PJ Harvey has read out the iconic ‘No Man Is An Island’ poem by writer John Donne during her set at Glastonbury.

Performing at the Other Stage, Harvey picked up a copy of the poem and began reading out Donne’s most famous work without comment.

She began the poem:


“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 any manner of thy friends 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 bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”


Although Harvey did not comment on whether the reading was made in regard to the recent EU referendum results, it comes at a particularly poignant time in British politics.

PJ Harvey scored her first UK number this year, topping the charts with ‘The Hope Six Demolition Project’. DC politicians recently criticised Harvey for lyrics in ‘The Community of Hope’, taken from ‘The Hope Six Demolition Project.

Former mayor Vince Gray said: “I will not dignify this inane composition with a response”, while his campaign treasurer added: “PJ Harvey is to music what Piers Morgan is to cable news.”