Arp and Greg Johnson, Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense, 8th ed. In metaphysical poetry, an obvious use of sex and sexual innuendos is prevalent, as opposed to earlier times when it was rarely even mentioned. Few readers who encounter this poem are ever likely to forget it. Donnes insinuation at the erotic without ever directly referring to sex, while at the same time leaving no doubt as to exactly what he means, is as much a source of the poems wit as the ridiculous image of the flea is. The use of the word 'little' disparages her purity and religious views. He says that the flea can suck his blood, and then jump to the girls and suck her blood, and share all three of the souls in one body.
The situation between the speaker and the audience is persuasion, love or marriage. He describes the nature of the flea to enjoy the mixing of blood from humans before it is in love, or without care at all since it is a flea. Blood is used more than once as a symbol. This poem interpreted through the eyes of a male writer would see hints of a past filled with betrayal, leading the poet to deem the existence of fair and true women as impossible and fantastical as literally catching a falling star. It used to be thought that sex mingled the blood of the two lovers, and since the flea has done that, there is no demand to forbear from intercourse any longer. The reformation, started by Queen Elizabeth, continued to grow through out his reign and…. Another is, 'Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower'.
Both reflect certain aspects of the personality of the poets themselves, and those personalities may be used to discover the inspiration and circumstances these poems were written in. Another thing these poems have in common is that each poem consists of just three stanzas. There are many examples of simile and metaphors in this poem although the poem is only fourteen stanzas. The one who is trying to get the girl in the bed, but she fears all of the consequences. At first this poem seems to be just about love, commitment from a male to a female, who says no his lustful desires.
Donne uses a variety of descriptive language techniques ranging from metaphors to religious imagery to create a sense of style and rhythm in his love lyrics. However, the poem to most people today would still not make sense. But they are not all the same theme of love for example Porphyrias Lover is obsessive and seductive love whereas; The Flea is more like sexual love. Bearing in mind the social context of the poem, the girl is going to need quite a lot of persuading. The poem is composed of three stanzas that tell a story in chronological order about a flea that has sucked the blood of the two subjects. His new approach to love poetry consequently resulted in his innovativeness as a poet. Using a metaphysical conceit, the poem is written using that relationship in mind, which today most people would see as kind of funny or odd.
Although the 'metaphysic' was originally a derogatory term, metaphysical poetry used intellectual and theological concepts in an ingenious way. Often when a symbol is used, the reader digs deeper into the issue more than if the message was simply shot out in the open. In this brief evolutionary period, the Y. John Donne was part of this literary movement and he explored the themes of love, death, and religion to such an extent, that he instilled his own beliefs and theories into his poems. This poem has interesting points on which some aspects I agree with.
Compare these two poems by analysing: - · Each poets intention · Form of the poem · Language used in the poem · Your reaction to the unromantic poems. Besides, the flea pricked her and got what it wanted without having to woo her. No matter how she meant it, bury it with me Because I am Love's slave, it might create adoration, If this artifact fell into someone else's hands: It was humble To make a soul do all it can afford It takes some courage Because you didn't save anything of mine, I'm laying to rest something of yours. His sexist attitude and views transcend to a more spiritual and emotional one. It soon became fashionable among poets to write poems about fleas.
Andrew Marvell, a contemporary of Donne, who also wrote seduction poems. The speaker is trying to reason with his lady by lessening the importance of sex in the grand scheme of life. It is a piece that is full of strong metaphors and symbolism. In the first stanza Donne assures the woman that sleeping together would be a minor act. But being the witty and clever author John Donne was, it is by no surprise that most people raise their eye brows after reading his poem titled The Flea.
The speaker is desperately trying to manipulate the girls actions too his advantage. Common themes between these two authors are love, religion, and political views. According to Donne, he finds all the treasures of the world in the bedroom, such as the spices of the two Indias, which implies that for him sex is everything. The speaker does not fear Death because of his strong faith in God. The four poems have a lot in common but each poem touches a different aspect of love.
Many call him the founder of metaphysical poets. These two questions lead the person into a higher level thinking proses, which usually end up in a form of descriptive writing like parables and poems to add ever more understanding and emotion to the thought. However it is at that point when he turns the argument on her completely. The stanzas are made more distinct still by the series of three instead of two rhymes at the end of each one. John Donne, a poet of the 16th century, wrote misogynistic pieces in his early works. This promotes equality as he is saying that it is not a big deal for either of them.
The choices of diction are basic and the structure is relaxed. Line 13 When Donne fails with his argument of the mixing of their blood, he switches to a more irrational argument. He also fell so ill that he was sent to the family's country house to convalesce. The speaker pleads with his mistress not to destroy this emblem of their union, with its sacred associations of marriage and their joint lives, but she apparently kills the flea. If she were to kill the flea she would be perpetrating three wickednesss. European poets, such as Lopez de Vega, used this in some of his poems.