She should not kill the poor creatures, for it would be triple murder. Using the metaphysical conceit he makes between a flea and sex he writes to his beloved, explaining why he thinks she should have no reason to be worried about having sex with him. It makes his writing feel very immediate and fresh, even though several hundred years old. Extravagant declarations of devotion and eternal fidelity which are typical found in love poetry are absent. The predominant theme in this poem is seduction which is illustrated using a persuasive conceit of a humble flea. This small parasitic creature is chalk full of symbolic meaning. The poem is a dramatic monologue, because the narrator is speaking to himself and the speaker is not John Done.
English writer John Donne's 17th-century poem ' The Flea' cleverly uses this insect as a metaphor for a sexual relationship between a man and a woman. He says that the sea-discoverers like Columbus have gone to discover new lands and some other are framing the maps of the world and suggests that they should do all this because for them such discoveries hold value. Some of these are: 'I ne'er was struck. Note that Donne does present an argument to seduce his beloved in this stanza. This is how authors like John Donne can write of comparisons between something simple like a flea, and something as complex as the emotions we feel. Though use make you apt to kill me, Let not to that self-murder added be, And sacrilege, three sins in killing three. John Donne, a well known poet of that time period writes many poems about love, but none using all those tired, worn out cliches.
In… Writers of this period offered their own viewpoints as evidence of the issues and their influence on the common people. As the poem begins, the poet starts asking rhetorical questions. He says that there is neither cold north-pole nor bad seasons in their world. I am going to examine both. In the very first line of the lyrics, the poet-lover asks his beloved to observe the flea carefully. Some of his poems show him chasing a girl only to receive opposite feelings from her.
The use of the word 'little' disparages her purity and religious views. In comparison to this, 'Valentine', by Carol Ann Duffy, was written in the late twentieth century. Yet this is not considered any loss of honour; there is neither any sin, nor shame, nor loss of virginity in it. These poems, though about love, have very different attitudes to both love and their partners. The speaker in the poem shows a flea to a young lady that has apparently bitten both of them.
Throughout the couplets, the flea is personified and becomes symbolic of a much greater meaning. Thou know'st that this cannot be said A sin, nor shame, nor loss of maidenhead; Yet this enjoys before it woo, And pamper'd swells with one blood made of two; And this, alas! The strikingly original figure of the flea is used to unconventionally demonstrate that the two lovers are already conjoined in the eyes of God and the Church, as the flea has bitten both their bodies and intermingled their blood. In this respect, the Renaissance poets imitated Ovid who has a poem on the subject. When he wakes up from the bed, the first thing on his mind is a rhetorical question: What on earth they were doing before they came together. She would kill the flea, as well as the poet whose blood it has sucked. The tone of the poem is highly ironic, dramatic and absurdly amusing.
Just as she has lost little life in the death of the flea which sucked her blood, so she will lose o honour in yielding herself to him. Through analysis, this poem is an early reference to vampire literature and using blood mingling as a sexual metaphor to join two people. The man and the woman i. The idea of sex being like a flea is sustained throughout the poem thus making it a sustained metaphor. Donne , addressing a woman believed to be his lover. The beloved herself admits that the loss of a drop of blood which the flea sucked has in no way made her weak.
Oh stay, three lives in one flea spare, Where we almost, nay more than married are. There is also an example of alliteration in this stanza: 'Long love's'. The speaker used a flea to try to trick the woman into sleeping with him. In the poem, the speaker uses the flea as an example in attempts to persuade his lover into having intercourse with him. Furthermore in the first stanza there is a quote which can be used to prove how much he loves her.
The phrase also refers to intercourse, a common event in the lives of newlyweds. Keeping this knowledge in mind as you read the poem is crucial in order to understand the poem. It is just doing what's in its nature. He then in the last parts of the second stanza states his second argument for why they should have pre-marital sex. And furthermore says that although your parents urge you to not get married to me, we already have inside the living soul of the flea.