The Flea By John Donne

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During the 15 and 1600 's, love was a very common theme in much of the poetry written in that time period. Most including, and wearing out common cliches about love such as, "cheeks like roses" or, "hearts pierced by the arrows of love.". John Donne, a well known poet of that time period writes many poems about love, but none using all those tired, worn out cliches. Donne brings his poems to life using vivid imagery and "elaborately sustained metaphors known as "conceits"." (The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. B 1260). In Donne 's poem "The Flea" the reader gets to see more of a funny and amusing love poem, while his poem "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" is more of a serious statement of his idea of spiritual love which he includes many brilliant metaphors. While both poems have the common theme of love, they are written very differently in language and form.

In Donne 's poem "The Flea", the narrator uses a flea to explain to his lover how inoffensive it would be to mingle sexually. The poem starts off by the narrator telling his lover the look at the flea and how little it is, that thing she denies him, "Mark but this flea, and mark in this,/How little that which thou denies me is;" (Donne 1-2). These first two lines of the poem is referring to sex and that his lover is denying to have sex with him, which he thinks is as little as the flea. The narrator goes on to explain to his lover that the flea has sucked his blood and hers, now they are mingled…

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