The Norton Anthology: English Literature gives a summary of John Donne’s work as follows: “John Donne’s poems abound with startling images, some of them exalting and others grotesque. With his strange and playful intelligence, expressed in puns, paradoxes, and the elaborately sustained metaphors known as ‘conceits,’ Donne has enthralled and sometimes enraged readers from his day to our own. The tired clichés of love poetry—cheeks li...
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...His Coy Mistress”, the circumstance of difficulty is the lack of time the speaker has to express his love for his lover. The expression of love through sex is clear amongst both of the poets, but the men are being honest and candid about these intentions. The reasons for wanting to express this love may be different to some, but ultimately it remains honest. The speakers in both “The Flea” and “To His Coy Mistress” do not attempt to wow or trick their lovers into bed; they make the desires of sex blunt. You can express love in many different ways, but total submission through sex is the most common. Ultimately the one thing the poets have in common through their approaches towards their goals is honesty.
Greenblatt, Stephan. The Norton Anthology of English Literature: the Major Authors. New York, New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2013. Print.
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