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PJ Harvey reads John Donne poem in reaction to Brexit

The musician recited “No Man is an Island” during her set at Down the Rabbit Hole, as well as Glastonbury

During her performance at Down the Rabbit Hole Festival, PJ Harvey stopped to give a speech on the results of the EU Referendum.

As the United Kingdom voted in favour of leaving the EU, the singer called it “a very strange day for a lot of us here” at the festival in Holland. She then read the 1624 poem “No Man is an Island” by John Donne.

PJ also read the poem, without comment, during her set at the Other stage at Glastonbury. Other musicians, from Thom Yorke to Anohni, Stormzy and Lily Allen have all commented on the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

Read the poem below:

"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."