'the flea' is a 17th-century english poem by john donne and uses a flea as a metaphor to explore the sexual union between a man and a woman the speaker in the poem shows a flea to a young lady. Donne is famous for writing in at least two genres of poetry: erotic love poetry, like to his mistress going to bed and the flea, and devotional (religious) poetry, like the famous holy sonnets. In the flea an importunate lover points out a flea that has been sucking his mistress's blood and now jumps to suck his he tries to prevent his mistress from crushing it: oh stay, three lives in one flea spare. Donne has been taken to be the apex of the 16th-century tradition of plain poetry, and certainly the love lyrics of his that parade their cynicism, indifference, and libertinism pointedly invert and parody the conventions of petrarchan lyric, though he courts admiration for his.
In both to his coy mistress and the flea, the lady of the poem is refusing to make love to the narrator marvell chooses to speak the his mistress about how fleeting time is, how they should love one another while they can. The flea by john donne is a metaphysical love poem which takes the form of an erotic humorous narrative the predominant theme in this poem is seduction which is illustrated using a persuasive conceit of a humble flea. - to his coy mistress by andrew marvell and the flea by john donne two of the poems in best words are seduction poems, rather than love poems these are to his coy mistress by andrew marvell and the flea by john donne.
The flea's bite and mingling of their bloods is not considered a sin, so why should their love-making in the second stanza the speaker attempts to prevent the woman from killing the flea he argues that since the flea contains the life of both herself and the speaker, she would be guilty both of suicide and a triple homicide in killing it. Love in the flea and to his coy mistress compare the ways john donne in his poem the flea and andrew marvell in his poem to his coy mistress present the theme of love donne and marvell's poems have both similarities and differences, as they both present the theme of love in an unconventional way and dwell on it superficially. Both the flea and to his coy mistress have a sense of urgency present within them with donne urging his wife to have sex with him and marvell trying to explain to his love to hurry up and let him love her. Born in 1572, john donne was an english poet and perhaps one of the best metaphysical poets of his era his works are notable for their realistic style and include sonnets and love poetry one of his most famous piece of work is the flea. The poem to his coy mistress by andrew marvell was published in 1681, thus it is a metaphysical poem it is divided into three sections whereby marvell starts and finishes with a profane approach to time which is analogue to and bounded by lifetime (kremen 94.
The suitor in 'the flea' enviously describes the creature that 'sucks' on his mistress's skin and intermingles its fluids with hers here aviva dautch explores images of eroticism, death, guilt and innocence in john donne's poem in the first stanza, donne outlines his reasoning to his. John donne's poetic philosophy of love by dr david naugle stand still, and i will read to thee, a lecture, love, in love's philosophy —john donne, lecture upon the shadow. The narrator is telling his love-interest to not kill the flea because there are bits of himself and his love-interest inside the flea oh stay, three lives in one flea spare, where we almost, nay more than married are. As his beloved moves to kill the flea, the speaker stays her hand, asking her to spare the three lives in the flea: his life, her life, and the flea's own life 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.
In john donne's the flea, the speaker is not expressing his love for the woman to which he speaks, but his lust: for his argument about the flea is his attempt to convince her to sleep with him. For example, the flea would make an interesting comparison to andrew marvell's famous to his coy mistress (paper topic) both poems urge the ladies in question to quit fussing around and get down to the business of lovin.
Donne's use of religious terms for the trivial act of killing a flea imparts a peculiar intensity and immediacy to his desire of physical union with his beloved attitude towards love by the third stanza, the beloved has already killed the innocent flea. Love in the flea and to his coy mistress compare the ways john donne in his poem the flea and andrew marvell in his poem to his coy mistress present the theme of love. (ie, how will his stance and bearing change the closer he comes to returning to his love) i will leave you to figure out the sexual puns on your own in these lines what is it that makes [his] circle just or perfect. John donne (/ d ʌ n / dun 22 january 1572 - 31 march 1631) was an english poet and cleric in the church of england he is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets.
John donne's conception of love in 'the flea' and 'to his mistress going to bed' jennifer, cheung cho yung college in order to truly grasp how john donne (1572 - 1631) regards and treats the concept of love in his poems, one must be well aware of the fact that his love poems never refer to one single unchanging view of love. Mark but this flea, and mark in this, john donne's standing as a great english poet, and one of the greatest writers of english prose, is now assured. Throughout his love poetry, donne makes reference to the reflections that appear in eyes and tears with this motif, donne emphasizes the way in which beloveds and their perfect love might contain one another, forming complete, whole worlds.