The Flea By John Donne Analysis

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The two poems, “The Flea” by John Donne and “To His Coy Mistress” by
Andrew Marvell are example of Carpe Diem and have similar theme. Carpe Diem means to urge someone to make the most of the present time and give little thought to the future. Both poem heeds romantic theme. Both poems show the sign of Carpe Diem very well. In “The Flea” Donne’s speaker says “ A sin, nor shame, nor loss of maidenhead, / Yet this enjoys before it woo” ( Donne 6-7 ). The speaker refers to a flea which has no shame while having her bloody meal from flesh. So Donne’s partner shouldn’t be scared and shameful of losing her virginity to him. In the seventh line Donne says that a flea fully enjoys sucking blood from a human body before even wondering about getting killed or flying away from a danger. Donne’s speaker refers the flea’s life to a woman who he wants to have intercourse with, and telling her to have pleasure with him before even wondering about what rest of the world is going to think about. While in “ To His Coy Mistress” Marvell’s speaker says “ My echoing song; then worms shall try / That long preserved virginity, And your quaint honor turn to dust,
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They have the same goal, but they have different methods. “It sucked me first, and now sucks thee, / And in this flea our two bloods mingled be” ( Donne 3-4 ). Donne gives examples, through a flea which sucks blood from different human being and all that blood is mixed in the flea’s stomach. Suggesting that having intercourse is all about having a mixer of different fluids from two different sexes. In “To His Coy Mistress” Marvell talks about his partners virginity by saying “ The grave’s a fine and private place, / But none, I think, do there embrace.” ( Marvell 31-32 ). He gives a reason behind why his lover should lose her virginity to him because graveyards don’t honor a person by being a virgin or not. Of course, the graveyard is the place where almost everyone ends

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