The Flea

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  • The Flea - John Donne
    • syllogism - logical and coherent argument
    • Metaphysical
      • odd imagery - extended metaphor
      • hyperbolic
    • speaker is attempting to persuade someone to sleep with him
    • Carpe Diem nature
      • Lyrical
    • 3 stanzas
      • Iambic pentameter and tetrameter
        • love ba boom ba boom
    • conceit of the flea
    • Metaphor of flea being sex or the product of sex - baby? three?
    • Rhyming triplets - the speaker, the listener the fela
    • fleas were very common in homes
    • Speaker uses religion to strengthen argument - sex before marriage is sinful
      • 'marriage' Three - holy trinity. blood - blood of Christ - blood of innocence
        • 'sacrilege' to kill the flea
    • Cavalier poem
    • devalues sex - how little - the flea is

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