Michael Drayton 's Sonnet 61, And John Donne 's The Flea Essay

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Michael Drayton’s Sonnet 61, and John Donne’s The Flea, are two good examples of a decisive, but selfish use of rhetoric. Drayton uses a more aggressive technique, where Donne’s is more passive in nature. Both reflect certain aspects of the personality of the poets themselves, and those personalities may be used to discover the inspiration and circumstances these poems were written in. They fein arguments to persuade their lovers to do what they may not want to do. The desire for love drives both these poets but the denial of responsibility is what links the two. Both men desire romance without the effort, and are not willing to sacrifice their own interests to obtain what they desire. John Donne was born into an outlawed religion, and later became a lawyer, so the use of rhetoric such as what we see in The Flea would have come naturally to him. Based on this, one can assume that Drayton had a similar reflection in his work. Although not much of Drayton’s life is definitively known, the subject matter of Sonnet 61 sheds a light on what Michael Drayton could have been pursuing in his life, and it happens to be remarkably similar to John Donne’s goals. Love is the obvious inspiration for these poems, though it is surely two different forms of love. Donne pursues his infatuation with a woman, and Drayton seeks to indict a woman who has scorned him. Drayton seems to hope to rekindle some desire that him and his former-lover once had, “Since there’s no help, come, let us kiss…

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