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"The Flea" - What it's about.

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"The Flea" What it's about In The Flea Donne adopts a cynical and rather flippant tone towards his woman, using his wit to try to belittle and overcome her moral arguments, in favour of immediate pleasure. "Marke but this flea, and marke in this, How little that which thou deny'st me is" In this poem, the speaker tries to persuade his mistress to go to bed with him and to demonstrate that the reasons for resistance are trivial. How is the flea used in his persuasion? The Flea can be identified as a metaphysical characteristic; a conceit to influence the lady into sleeping with him. ...read more.


This flea is you and I, and this Our marriage bed, and marriage temple is. Though parents grudge, and you, we're met, And cloister'd in these living walls of jet." The flea is the main metaphor that is used in the poem and it conveys his argument in a humorous way. The use of biblical language tries to make his argument seem more important and more serious. Donne makes this poem almost like dialogical as we don't actually see what each person says but you can tell what they might be saying; "Cruell and sodaine, has thou since purpled thy naile, in thy blood of innocence?" ...read more.


It can, however, be seen in a less explicit light where it is said that the line indicates the result of sexual intercourse, pregnancy, rather than the act itself. The poem is a dramatic monologue used to persuade his mistress to get into bed and disregard her morals. The mistress' morals are threatened by the flea so she kills it, the persona is quick witted and points out that the flea has united them both and in paraphrase:- Let not to this, selfe murder added bee, And sacrilege, three sinnes in killing three. This line has religious overtones and religious imagery. The woman, hence, has her morals, which stem from religion, threatened by the personas use of religious imagery. ...read more.

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