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Certainly it is true that self-centredness and surprise are at the heart of Donnes poetry This is especially true of The Sunne Rising and The Flea Self- centredness that is the persona placing his desires ahead of everything else plays a pivotal role in molding Donnes work This arrogance carries through in his conceit and hyperbole In The Sunne Rising Donne argues that the lovers are the world whilst in The Flea the persona attempts to convince his lady that the loss of virginity means little On the other hand surprise revealed through the originality of ideas and iconoclastic views gives Donnes work a shock effect which is at the heart of shaping Donnes arguments in his poetry The idea that a flea represents the unity of two is not only original and unconventional but it also surprises and shocks its readers At the heart of Donnes arguments is self-centredness This is important as argument represents Donnes poetry-it is his poetry All arguments centre around the personas desires That is the persona is the topic of the poemsSelf-centredness is also revealed in Donnes work through his argument characterized by conceit In The Sunne Rising the idea that the world of the two lovers represents the centre of the universe is highly self-centred Sheis all states and all princess I The way in which this conceit is argued is via a multitude of self-centred arguments Similarly in The Flea Donnes conceit is that the flea represents the unity of marriage so therefore his mistress should give into his sexual demands This is a highly self-centred argument and at the heart of his work The poem The Sunne Rising places the world of the lovers ahead of everything In a patronizing manner Donne abuses those forces which oppose the lovers- The most obvious being the restraint of time often represented by the sunne- Disregarding all the joys the sunne gives to the world and to the
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