The Flea By John Donne

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John Donne was a contemporary of Shakespeare. His writing career occurred during the Renaissance. Poems about seduction were common during this era. The Flea by John Donne was a poem about a man urging his love interest into a sexual union with him by way of reason. In this time, premarital sex was considered a great sin and could get someone in a lot of trouble. The flea in this poem was used as a symbol of love and romance. A flea was one of the things that would least likely be used to describe a plot, between a man and a woman, about premarital sex. He appealed to her sense of reason rather than seducing her because she was fearful about giving herself to him. The narrator never talked directly about sex, instead he used imagery and metaphors to express the main idea. This poem contains themes of sex, marriage, and guilt. Donne uses the flea to represent each of the themes.
John Donne used the flea to represent what little meaning sex had to the narrator. In line 2 he stated, “how little that which deniest me is.” In this line he is trying to convince her of how little the act of sex, which she denied him, was. The narrator was expressing to his love interest that giving him her virginity was not such a great deal. From this point on his goal was to convince her that sex was not as significant as she thought it to be. It was as little as a flea. In lines 3-4, the narrator used the mixing of their bloodlines to represent marriage. He used that to show her that they were…

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