The speaker uses a flea as an argument as to why his beloved should engage in the sexual act. The literal meaning of the poem is about a little flea who, sucks blood from the speaker and his beloved which gives the speaker courage to reason with his beloved about sex. He claims that what this flea has done has intertwined them already and therefore the actual act of sex would not be considered sinful. However she kills the flea, meaning that sleeping with him would make her more sinful than killing the flea. The overall meaning of the poem is expressed through the three stanzas of the poem. As readers we get a conversational tone from stanza 1.
Please join StudyMode to read the full document. Essentially he is preaching that if she were to kill the flea she would be not only kill the parasite, but her lover and herself as well. In contrast, this line could also be interpreted as making a nod to the Christian ideal of three beings represented in one- the Holy Trinity Father, Son and Holy spirit. Within this allusion to Christianity, it can also be understood that the speaker is implying that the woman would be committing sacrilege by taking the life of the flea - a little extreme. Donne is known for creating an enticing mix of religion and eroticism; this mix being especially controversial for the time that his poetry was written in- a time where having sex before marriage was largely unacceptable. Adding more to the The reader discovers that "The Flea " is about a man who is quick on his feet, clever, and persistent in trying to win the woman.
Please join StudyMode to read the full document. Outline 1. Awareness 2. Reverence 3.
John Donne John Donne had a rich life full of travel, women and religion. Donne was born in on Bread Street in London. The family was Roman Catholic which was dangerous during this time when Catholicism was being abolished and protestant was taking over. At 11 Donne and his younger brother went to university and studied there for three years then he went to Cambridge for a further three years. He left without any degrees because.