While “To His Coy Mistress” might appear at first sight to be a poem of seduction, it is really a dramatic meditation on the fact that we live constrained by “world and time,” and a prescription for what to do about it. The first stanza sets the tone of mockery. The speaker uses metaphors, hyperboles, irony and imagery to seduce his coy mistress. He begins his poem of seduction with an insult: “Had we but world enough, and time, / This coyness, lady, were no crime.” He calls her a criminal for being so reluctant when they are constrained by world and time. To him, it is a misconduct to not jump right into his arms when they have so little time to live.
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.
John Donne’s “The Flea” details the attempts of a lover to convince his partner of the insignificance of physical love through conceit. The desperate lover hopes to woo ahesitant woman to have sex with him because physical love means nothing. Donne utilizes biblical allusions through symbolism and slant rhyme as the speaker builds and rebuilds his crooked case for the unimportance of sex. When the action of the poem shifts, the speaker’s argument shifts accordingly. The flea transforms into a symbol of the conscience that is the main obstacle to the physical love that the speaker seeks.
Much debate has arisen over the years about the moral suitability of taking part in sexual intercourse before being married to your true love. In John Donne's “The Flea” this topic is brought up when the speaker of the poem is trying to convince his addressee to partake in sexual intercourse with him although they are not married, by showing her that the act would be no more sinful or shameful than the bite of a flea. He uses the flea as a conceit in three main ways: first, after they have both been bitten, the flea now represents their union by the mixing of bodily fluids. Second, the flea represents innocence and the potential child they may bear together. Finally, he tries to prove that once she yields to his seduction she will have lost no more honour than when she killed the flea.
Of course that is conducive to the time but it also says something about the validity of the message of the poem. In synopsis the flea, blood and death of the flea are all used as metaphors for sex, the exchange of life force (a very important thing) within the act of sex (represented as something as insignificant as a flea) and then orgasm, which can feel important and significant for a period of time but is really only as important as the death of a flea. The speaker in this poem hopes to convince his lady to sleep with him by trivializing sex and comparing it to something as insignificant as a flea. Meanwhile I say lady, screw the speaker and the flea you would get more of a commitment from a machine than a guy as afraid of human contact as this one.
He tries to persuade his girlfriend that the flea has taken both of their blood which, in the sixteenth century views is equal to having sex and their "two bloods mingled be". When the narrator compares a flea sucking his girlfriend's blo... ... middle of paper ... ...en it comes to having sex. At this point of the poem, the mistress is probably is turmoil as to what she wants to do; she could have sex with her boyfriend to keep him happy and stop him complaining, or she could keep saying no and hold on to her virginity and dignity. The poet recovers the argument by trying to convince the girl that having sex is as painless as squashing a flea. The "honour" of sex, which she has not allowed the narrator, has been wasted upon the death of the flea.
His wording in this poem tries to convince this lady that their blood has already mingle in this flea, so they should just make love. However, the woman he is trying to seduce thought he is out of his mind and kills the flea. The reader can see that he is trying to make excuses to make love to her. Donne keeps saying that their love making will not be looked down upon, which it will. Donne says in the poem, “A sin, nor shame, nor loss of maidenhead, / Yet this enjoys before it woo, / And pampered swells with one blood made of two, / And this, alas, is more than we would do”
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.
The poem “The Flea” by John Donne is a funny poem showing that something as small as a flea can be compared to premarital sex. The flea, which is made to seem insignificant throughout the poem, is taken on a “sex” journey without ever even knowing it. The poem maintains one speaker until the end, but interesting enough, has two significant characters: the speaker and his lover. The audience is the speaker’s lover, yet she has a major role that goes beyond listening. While he is trying to convince his female lover to see that her virginity isn’t all that it’s hyped to be (insignificant), he compares a flea to sex in the process.
On the surface, John Donne’s poem “The Flea” dramatizes the conflict between two people on the issue of premarital sex, however, under the surface, the poem uses religious imagery to seduce the woman into having sex. The speaker in this poem is a man, who is strategically trying to convince a woman to have premarital sex with him through the conceit based on a flea, however, the coy lady has thus far yielded to his lustful desires. The speaker’s argument has the form of logic, which contradicts to its outrageous content. In the first stanza, the speaker wants his beloved lady to observe a flea and not think of anything else as he delivers his argument. A flea bites the speaker and his beloved causing their blood to mix, which, according to the narrator, is the same as having sex and creating a child.