The Flea

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  • The Flea
    • John Donne
      • Metaphysical poetry
        • highly intellectual and complex
        • abstract themes
        • thought and analysing feeling
        • philosophical
          • lighter approach to God and life
          • alleviate heavy subject
          • love
          • romance
          • strange things
          • religion
        • witty
        • paradoxes and puns in common speech
          • conceit
        • coined by Samuel Johnson in 17th century
        • poets
          • Andrew Marvell
          • George Herbert
          • Richard Crashaw
          • Henry Vaughan
          • John Cleveland
      • founder of metaphysical poetry
      • 1572-1631
      • cleric in the Church of England
        • Catholics were persecuted under Elizabeth I
        • struggled with his beliefs
          • embeds religious imagery in his poems
        • born to a Roman Catholic family
      • studied at both Oxford and Cambridge
      • works
        • Satires
        • Songs and Sonnets
        • love lyrics
        • ****** verse
        • sacred poems
      • secretly married his boss's sixteen year old niece
        • Sir Thomas Egerton
          • disapproved of the marriage and didn't provide a dowry
            • suffered social and financial instability as a result
            • "though parents grudge"
        • was his private secretary
    • structure
      • iambic pentameter
        • whimsical
        • playful
      • rhyming couplets and a rhyming triplet at end of each stanza
        • triplet of completion
      • 3 stanzas
        • possible refernce to Holy Trinity
        • 3 parties in the "marriage"
          • the speaker
          • his lover
          • the flea
        • "three lives in one"
    • religious imagery
      • "a sin, not shame, nor loss of maiden head"
      • our marriage bed, and marriage temple is"
        • refrence to the Holy Spirit
        • ironic
          • unmarried and sking for a loss of virtue
      • "cloistered"
        • internal walls in a church
      • slelf-murder
      • "sacrilege"
        • hyberbolic
        • destructions of scared union
        • mockery of marriage and the church
      • "purled thy nail in blood of innocence"
        • rich colour
        • the death of Jesus
        • lover kills the flea
    • other poems
      • To His Coy Mistress
        • metaphysical
        • The Scrutiny
          • other poems
            • To His Coy Mistress
              • metaphysical
              • The Scrutiny
              • Absent from thee
              • Garden of Love
                • religious imagery
                • abstract ideas
              • Non sum Qualis
                • male appetite
                • forbidden love
        • Absent from thee
        • Garden of Love
          • religious imagery
          • abstract ideas
        • Non sum Qualis
          • male appetite
          • forbidden love

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