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Shai Steeck English 2 Essay 1 The Flea John Donne Observe a typical bar every Saturday night sweat drenched bodies emitting alcohol and pheromones from every pore exchange conversation pleasantries and yes even sex perhaps not directly in view but certainly eluded to Is this animalistic barbaric behavior acceptable Should sex be taken so lightheartedly Or do we take it to seriously guarding sex like it was the Holy Grail or the secret to life itself These questions may be to deep and pointed for most to approach yet John Donne in his poem The Flea wades through them like the kiddy pool In this clever poem Donne uses a flea blood and the murder of the flea as an analogy for the oldest most primal exchange sex Donne through symbolic images not only questions the validity of coveting virginity but also the importance of sex as it pertains to life The metaphors in The Flea are plentiful but the symbols repeated throughout the poem are clear beginning with the most prevalent and the flea This small parasitic creature is chalk full of symbolic meaning During the time this poem was written the Renaissance the flea was use in many poems about sex I derive that in this particular poem the flea is symbolic of the act of sex from the speakers remark in the beginning Mark but this flea and mark in this how little that which deniest me is the flea is small and inconsequential his lady denies him sex which the speaker believes is also petty The flea is described as a marriage temple and a carrier of life but in the next stanza as something insignificant and small The speaker applies a certain duality to the flea and therefore to sex The metaphor develops more as it relates to the other symbols Blood is used more than once as a symbol The speaker talks of the blood reverently and equates
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