Both poems are one sided dialogues between the poet and his mistress. They do, however, differ in the ways in which they try to portray their feelings on the topic, with Donne’s “The Flea”, depicting him as comparing sexual intercourse with the way in which his blood is mingled with that of his mistress in a flea, which has bitten both of them. By doing this, he is incorporating 17th Century principles, such as the belief that sexual intercourse involved the mingling of the two bloods, and constantly refers to the flea, in an attempt to persuade his mistress. Marvell, however, introduces a hypothetical situation to argue his case, with the central statement that he uses to bring his mistress round to his line of thought being “Carpe Diem.” This derives from Latin and translates “Seize the Day,” with Marvell using it to emphasise that time is against them. The difference here, between the two poems, is that Donne is saying that they’ve already had sex in the flea, and therefore the whole affair is no longer a big deal, while Marvell is suggesting a sense of... ... middle of paper ... ...erious note than Marvell, however, by using some strong biblical imagery to show his mistress that, by killing the flea she has committed a sin and, if she realises this, she has shown that she feels intercourse is no big deal.
The first being that of the obvious one which is just to poke fun at a man who tries to lay down with a women by using a flea. Or is the figurative languages telling an underlining meaning that is too never underestimate someone who wants something? Perhaps it is te... ... middle of paper ... ... not only killed the flea, but also him, her, and their supposed marriage. So the diction helps to conclude how the speaker intends the flea to be used to get to the maiden. In conclusion, “The Flea” by John Donne has only so many ways to be interpreted.
He implies that if their blood can be shared by a flea, why not they share it with each other. A sense of humour is evident as he ridicules the mindsets of sex before marriage being a sin. ‘And in this flea our two bloods mingled be. Thou know’st that this cannot be said A sin, nor shame, nor loss of maidenhead’ (Lines 5 - 7) He then goes on to persuade her into considering it by describing the passion that they would encounter. He aims to arouse her sexu... ... middle of paper ... ... be intimate with his lover.
He also implies that such a little thing like virginity should not deny them of making love. The girl may seem offended by this, but it does not stop John Donne. He tries to make the girl feel stuck together with him and that they are as one. "It suck'd me first, and now sucks thee" "And in this flea our two bloods mingled be" The two bloods mixing together like sexual intercourse. During sexual inter... ... middle of paper ... ... times.
Following a unique poetic language of the Renaissance, John Donne's The Flea' is a poem illustrating the metaphor of a flea to represent the sexual act and relations between a man and woman. Portrayed through language, imagery, and structure John Donne's poem is one of conceit and seduction, as the speaker (assumed to be a man) follows a consistent pattern of persuasion to have premarital sex with a woman. Written during the 17th century, John Donne utilizes an unconventional genre in his poem, demeaning and objectifying the female sex. A common motif in poems of the Renaissance, Donne uses a flea as a metaphorical comparison to sexual intercourse and the eternal bind between man and woman. Illustrated throughout the poem, Donne continues to compare the act of love to the actions of a flea, as it attaches itself to its host, sucks the blood, and later dies.
The Flea: Rhetoric and Poetry Mingling In John Donne’s poem, “The Flea”, Donne uses the conceit of the flea to contrast the insignificant size of the flea and the incredibly significant metaphor attached to the flea. The speaker of the poem is talking to a woman, trying to convince her into having sex with him outside of marriage. This poem can be broken into three stanzas, of nine lines each, utilizes the image of the flea to convey three main ideas: the first as a vessel where their essence mingles, second as the institution of marriage, and finally as an insignificant representation of honor which would have no effect on them. Donne’s hyperbolic use of the flea extends through the poem as a metaphysical conceit to convey a logical argument out of something seemingly unrelated to the situation at hand. The speaker starts his argument by first mentioning that the woman has denied the speaker something.
Explication of John Donne's The Flea John Donne's, "The Flea," is a persuasive poem in which the speaker is attempting to establish a sexual union with his significant other. However, based on the woman's rejection, the speaker twists his argument, making that which he requests seem insignificant. John Donne brings out and shapes this meaning through his collaborative use of conceit, rhythm, and rhyme scheme. In the beginning, Donne uses the flea as a conceit, to represent a sexual union with his significant other. For instance, in the first stanza a flea bites the speaker and woman.
His poetry depicted clearly how sexist he was at the time and how he used to perceive women as a medium of pleasure. The content of his early poems express an immature and desperate image of Donne, who is dominated by his fixation on the sensuality of women. In The Flea, Donne shows his desperation to have sex by addressing a flea that has sucked the blood of both him and the woman he is persuading. It is quite awkward how the poet uses this obscure image of the flea as a symbol of love and sex to convince the woman that... ... middle of paper ... ...) This is one of the most important claims that Donne makes because he indirectly inducts himself and Anne into the canon of saints, thus making them sacred. The poem ends with Donne calling upon all those who have suffered from similar criticisms; this further dignifies Donne as a saint-like figure.
Through the authors careful use of word choice an erotic tone is carried throughout the poem. Through this and the violent actions the reader is able to recognize the women is going through am unfamiliar sexual experience- what sex is when not accompanied by love. “Did I know you? No kiss/ no tenderness–more like killing, death-grip/ holding to life, genitals, like violent hands clasped tight.” One may instantly read this line and think of a forced sexual act on the males part. However, ... ... middle of paper ... ...death- or in a sense how she fears death and love in the same way.
Shakespeare wants to emphasize her beauty. In 'The Flea' the poet is directly appealing to the woman or his mistress. They seem to be in bed together with a flea, but no sex seems to have taken place. If it had, then the situation would be very different. The poet has seduced her as far as the bedroom and at this point, it seems as though he is going to try a new strategy.