Essay about The Flea By John Donne

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“The Flea” by John Donne is about the speaker and the woman the speaker is communicating with throughout the poem. The speaker uses the flea as a mean to persuade the woman to have sex with him. The flea expresses their connection once it has bitten the both of them. The speaker uses the flea to manipulate the woman to his advantage. Donne uses iambic tetrameter (four iambic feet per line) in lines 1, 3, 5, 7 and iambic pentameter (five iambic feet per line) in lines in lines 2, 4, 6, 8, 9 with a rhyme scheme of aabbccddd. The couplets of aabbccddd helps the reader keep track of the speaker’s argument throughout the poem. It also helps introduce a new idea with each new rhyme introduced in the poem. “Thee” and “be” are used quite often in the poem. Donne also uses repetition such as “sucked and marked” in order to convey that there is persuasion between the speaker and the woman the speaker is trying to woo.
In the first stanza, the speaker begins by saying “Mark but this flea, and mark in this / How little that which though deniest me is” (1). This is the speaker’s first attempt in trying to persuade the woman to have sex. He goes to explain that she must not deny him for the flea holds them. The speaker points out that both he and she is now bitten “And in this flea our two bloods mingled be” (4). Here is where the connection is made through the mingling of both their blood inside the flea. The speaker points out the loss of virginity “maidenhead” (6). In the last two…

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