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The Norton Anthology of English Literature defines the conceits of poetics asmetaphors that are intricately woven into the verse often used to express satire punsor deeper meanings within the poem and to display the poets own cunning with wordsThe conceits of John Donne are said to leap continually in a restless orbit from thepersonal to the cosmic and back again The outward nature of Donnes poem The Flea appearsto be a love poem dedication from a male suitor to his lady of honor who refuses to yield to hislustful desires A closer look at the poem reveals that this suitor is actually arguing a point to hislady that the loss of innocence does not constitute a loss of honor The poet begins his argumentby condemning the act of intercourse as a shameful sin He also belittles it claiming that if thesame effects can be realized within the body of a tiny flea then the act itself cannot holdtremendous importance In any case the act is out of the question in the realm of reality since thetwo people in the poem do not appear to be married so sexual union can only be committedsymbolically The argument then shifts to a different position where the flea suddenly becomesthe entire world of the lovers the symbolic becomes reality The act of intercourse loses itsimportance as the subject in question and now the loss of all innocence is addressed There isobviously some action taken by the poets mistress between the second and third stanzas as thenext segment seems to be a judgment on those actions The woman has killed the mysterious fleacasting away her innocence and proving his argument for passion through the use of her ownThe poet asks his mistress to notice only this flea to forget everything else as he delivers hisargument The flea has bitten them both and their bloods mix within its body The attention paidto the qualities of blood may be noted here and
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