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The Flea

The paradox in the poem "The Flea" by John Donne has to do with the analogy the speaker uses to try to seduce the woman he is with. The speaker draws the woman's attention to the flea that has just...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2021, 12:01 am (UTC)

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The Flea

The rhyme scheme of “The Flea” is the same in each of its three stanzas: aabbccddd. So, for instance, in the first stanza we have “this / is,” “thee / be,” “said / maidenhead,” and “woo / two /...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2021, 12:52 pm (UTC)

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The Flea

The essential feature of metaphysical poetry is its use of the conceit: an extended, elaborated metaphor in which two very unlike things, which hardly anyone would have thought to equate, are...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2019, 6:02 am (UTC)

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The Flea

In “The Flea,” the speaker wants to get his beloved into bed. As a metaphysical poet, however, he employs a different method of seduction to most men. Drawing on his powerful imagination and...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2021, 10:39 am (UTC)

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The Flea

Donne's first stanza argues to his beloved that, because the flea has sucked the blood of both him and his beloved, their bloods are mingled ('mingling bloods' is a euphemism for sex). Thus,...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2008, 12:36 am (UTC)

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The Flea

The tone shifts throughout “The Flea” as the speaker pursues his argument and tries to convince his beloved to take their relationship into a physical realm. Let's take a look at how the speaker...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2021, 1:28 am (UTC)

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The Flea

John Donne's "The Flea" is a metaphysical poem, and two of the main features of metaphysical poetry are seen in this poem: a central conceit and the form of the argument. Donne's poem also features...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2018, 3:29 pm (UTC)

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I wouldn't say that John Donne's "The Flea" expresses the theme of love so much as sexual desire. In that regard, Donne was able to draw on an existing convention for the central conceit of his...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2020, 11:39 am (UTC)

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The Flea

This is an excellent poem to analyse when we consider Donne's style and talent as a poet. This poem is based around a sophisticated argument where the speaker tries to persuade his lover to sleep...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2011, 7:30 pm (UTC)

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The Flea

Deconstruction is a method of analysis that seeks to emphasize the "internal" workings of language and the "assumptions implicit in forms of expression," according to wikipedia. In Donne, this is...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2018, 5:01 am (UTC)

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The Flea

Donne's approach lacks the courtly, dignified manner we associate with the sonnets of, for instance, Spenser and Sidney. Though it is dangerous to generalize about any poet's style and attitude, a...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2019, 4:30 am (UTC)

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The Flea

The speaker of the poem is trying to convince a woman to have a sexual relationship with him. Donne uses a flea in his metaphor in an attempt to help his speaker persuade the woman. First, the...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2019, 12:48 pm (UTC)

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The Flea

The speaker in this poem is trying to seduce a young woman to have sex with him, and he is using the flea to bolster his argument. While this may seem like a rather unconventional choice for a...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2011, 4:42 am (UTC)

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The Flea

The speaker strongly implicates that the relationship between himself and his lady love is chaste—that is to say, entirely devoid of sex. But the speaker aims to change all that by persuading his...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2020, 10:58 am (UTC)

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The Flea

John Donne is a clever poet who uses what is called a metaphysical conceit to woo his mistress. He tells her that as a flea has bitten both of them, their blood has already been mingled, making her...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2016, 2:55 pm (UTC)

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The Flea

The Flea is a lyrical poem in which a man tries to persuade a woman to become intimate with him. The poet, who is the narrator as well, uses a flea that has bit, both, the poet and his love...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2013, 4:43 pm (UTC)

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The Flea

In order to construct a thesis statement for an essay analyzing this poem, you must first brainstorm and pre-write ideas for what you are going to write about. Remember, a thesis statement is one...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2010, 11:23 pm (UTC)

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The Flea

The brief answer would be that the woman triumphs by killing the flea that the speaker has been begging her not to kill. We can infer from the poem that she has killed it with one of her nails....

Latest answer posted October 25, 2010, 10:49 pm (UTC)

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The Flea

Another seventeenth century poet who urged his girlfriend to give up her virginity was Andrew Marvell, in the poem "To His Coy Mistress." The poem uses the "carpe diem" or "seize the day" theme,...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2018, 8:19 pm (UTC)

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The Flea

The speaker of the poem is attempting to persuade a woman to have sex with him. She responds by squashing a flea. The speaker then goes on to create an analogy of the, the woman and the flea to...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2011, 1:49 am (UTC)

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The Flea

I would look at the comparison, or metaphor, created between sex and violence in "The Flea." First, the flea bites both of them. Their blood is intermixed in the flea and this is the speaker’s...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2011, 7:57 am (UTC)

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The Flea

There are several things that may make John Donne's poem, "The Flea," uniquely English, and these come in the form of the young woman's resistance against having sex outside of wedlock. Donne...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2012, 5:23 am (UTC)

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The Flea

Metaphysical poetry contains a metaphysical conceit. It compares two things so unalike that it takes a explanation to see the connection. With "The Flea," the comparison is between the...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2008, 10:09 pm (UTC)

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The Flea

The poem The Flea presents us with two lovers who have been bitten by a flea. In his own naturalistic and existentialist way, John Donne places the male character telling his beloved woman that,...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2010, 11:49 pm (UTC)

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The Flea

These poems feature themes concerning the objectification of the individual and unfulfilled sexual desire or passion coupled with allusions of death. All of these poems are by British poets;...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2012, 2:34 pm (UTC)

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