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The Flea a poem by John Donne is one young mans struggle to get a girl into bed He uses a simple flea to sell his argument The speaker stanza by stanza goes from rationalizing to desperately grasping for a hold to his argument and then trying to salvage whats left of his argument to get his female companion into bed He tries every step of the way As the first stanza of The Flea begins the poems speaker wastes no time in revealing his driving motivation Instructing his female companion to take note of a flea thats been lunching on the two of them the speaker impertinently directs her to mark in this 1 flea how trifling and insignificant that the sex presumably which she is denying him is The speaker notes that the bug has sucked on them both meaning their two bloods mingled be now within the tiny structure of the flea The fleas action and its consequences are natural processes that his chaste companion could hardly judge sin shame or loss of maidenhead 6 the young man argues Swollen now without benefit of clergy with one blood made of two 8 the flea represents an intimacy between them even more than we would do 9 were she to succumb to his charms By the beginning of the second stanza Donnes cavalier seems to be losing ground fast though He petitions the uncooperative female not to squash this one flea spare 10 as shes apparently preparing to do Their commingled blood within it means this flea is you and I12 he tells her The bug represents their marriage bed and marriage temple 13 and makes them more than married 11 within it The young lady and her parents may grudge him physical union with her now But the two of them are already met within the bug cloistered in these living walls of jet 15 Although his companion
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