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The poem The Flea by John Donne is an example of a monologue However instead of being a dramatic monologue it is known as a dramatic lyric Through the ideas of the speaker being a man who is addressing his poem to a woman and the use of the flea which causes the speakers words to change as the poem progresses it can be seen that The Flea is a dramatic lyric poem where the speaker is a man who is attempting to convince a woman to have sex with him The flea plays an important role in the poem It is not only used to determine that there are two people interacting as indicated by the two bloods line 4 Norton but is also used to show how the speaker wants to have sex with the woman Donne proves this concept by having the flea land on the womans arm and having the man compare his actions to the little creatures actions The man implies that the flea sucking the blood out of the woman is worse than him having sex with her He says that the flea sucking the blood cannot be said A sin nor shame nor loss of maidenhead line 6 Norton yet the flea does more than we would do line 9 Norton The speaker is saying that the flea has the power to mix two peoples blood and this bond is similar if not worse to having sex Since no sin or shame is derived from the fleas actions it means that sex is not bad then either The man wants the flea to live as he says at the beginning of the third stanza Oh stay three lives in one flea spare line 10 Norton He wants the flea to remain on the womans arm because it is a representation of the man and the woman coming together as mentioned by this flea is you and I line
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