The Flea By John Donne

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Poems are very interesting pieces of literature, and can sometimes be hard to understand. To be able to understand poems, it is important to look at the physical parts, the intellectual parts, and how they shape the poem. The author John Donne has written many poems that could be interpreted in many ways, and are analyzed by many people in the United States and around the world. John Donne’s “The Flea”is a good example of a poem that can be analyzed for its physical and intellectual parts, and how they work together to make the poem what it is because it is descriptive, and can be interpreted in many ways. First, it is important to look at the physical parts of a poem. Donne’s “The Flea”is comprised of three stanzas, and twenty-seven lines total. The poem talks about a lover and a beloved, and how the love that the lover feels is requited by the beloved. This poem differs from sonnets in the way that the love in a sonnet is unrequited, but the love in this poem is requited, as was talked about in class. In the first stanza, there are nine lines, and each line rhymes with the line after it. For example, line three rhymes with line four at the end with the words “thee” and “be.” This continues for the rest of the stanza the last three lines of the stanza in which all three rhyme with the words “woo,” “two,” and “do.” This rhyme scheme is also shown throughout the rest of the poem. In each stanza, the last three line are indented to show that they are a little more…

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