Marvell presents the more intriguing and romantic argument for his suitor. Love and Seduction is the core theme in The Flea, the author Donne is trying to copulate with his mistress and is having his advances rejected, so he writes her a poem in order to better his chances. In conclusion, this is first and foremost a tender love poem — with a difference! The tone might straightforwardly create playfulness or sinfulness; yet, the poem contains none of either. Thus there is no reason to have sex. This quote directly relates to the title of the poem.
Now, this may be more relevant in modern times but sex during the time this poem was written still held most of the same connotations as today. This is where the flea becomes a marriage temple. Furthermore, Donne explores the spiritual relationship between them by examining the parting of their souls. However, meeting Anne changed his outlook and made him understand the spiritual and emotional experiences that can be gained from loving someone. These activities were preparing ground for civilization, along with continuous developments which included different mediums for exchange such as money Diamond, 1992. Should sex be taken so lightheartedly? Note that Donne does present an argument to seduce his beloved in this stanza.
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. It establishes the emotion of the poem before the first line is read. Throughout the couplets, the flea is personified and becomes symbolic of a much greater meaning. 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. In the three metaphysical poems The Flea, To His Coy Mistress and A Valediction Forbidding Mourning; all have used unusual objects in their imagery, these objects are not usually associated with the subject matter so they get the poets point across in a bizarre style.
At first glance it seemed to me obvious that Marvell would unquestionably be more successful in seducing the woman. All of the poems have similar themes and are all trying to persuade the women in them to co-operate with their needs in one way or another. This is where the flea becomes a marriage temple. Already by studying the central purpose and idea of both poems, a. Phillip Hassoun English 1102 Dr. 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. The Flea by John Donne The situation described in the poem is the narrator trying to persuade his girlfriend to sleep with him.
In the flea, he says, where their blood is mingled, they are almost married—no, more than married—and the flea is their marriage bed and marriage temple mixed into one. Using intense metaphors, imagery, symbolism, and alliteration to perform his argument, the speaker is attempting to woo a lady in a rather repulsive romantic comedy approach. This poem was most likely written to amuse the readers and probably more for a larger male audience. In A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning Donne emphasizes the spiritual aspect of love, which is highly contradictory of what he sought at a younger age. The flea in this poem was used as a symbol of love and romance.
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. Both are also structured very differently and occasionally use contrasting imagery. The flea, though apparently an unlikely subject for romantic poetry, had been previously used as an amorous conceit in English poetry. Although that is a very valid point it tends to be awfully one sided and testosterone based. This type of poetry was established in the early 17th century England. He states that all three of their lives are in this flea, and that through the blood of the flea he and her are already married.
He desired to be made new. The flea swells with one blood made of two, and this, alas, is more than we would make. While most sonnets were typically written about loving a. 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. Rather than using extravagant declarations of love, or promises of eternal fidelity, the poem adopts a tone of ironically detached logic. Whose lives might be recovered, if only the box had been labelled.
Blood is used more than once as a symbol. It will also be an act of sacrilege because a temple will be destroyed. Metaphysical poets writing are characterized by the imagery and argumentation, as well as the metaphysical conceit. The tripartite argument progresses throughout the three stanzas, with each stanza introducing a somewhat new element to the argument. Terry Malloy, the protagonist heroic efforts to stand up against the wrong doing of the corrupt union stopped this reign of terror. They have taken simple ideas and stretched them far - for example, using a flea as a symbol of union.
It is understood from the reading that his beloved has become obviously upset with what he said, and so she attempts to kill the flea in spite of him. He has not been successful so far, but we do not know what will happen next. He wrote with metaphysical wit, metaphysical conceit, metaphors, symbols and paradoxes. The speaker is desperately trying to manipulate the girls actions too his advantage. As he continues to make this unconvincing argument to his beloved, she kills the flea at the beginning of the third stanza, probably from his almost mockingly sounding poem about a big step in their relationship.
. John Donne, a well known poet of that time period writes many poems about love, but none using all those tired, worn out cliches. Soon after this they moved to Pyrford, Surrey where they began to raise a family. Before Donne met Anne, he looked down on women and sought only the physical aspect of love. Donne employs wit as well as complex paradoxes, which are symbolic of the strong opposing drives at play in his poetry, and abstract conceits to further complicate the subject matter in both his poems. Many call him the founder of metaphysical poets. He has very obsessive love for her.