Notes on The Flea - QUOTES, FORM AND STRUCTURE, CONTEXT

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The Flea 

(Unrequited love, frustration, surprising imagery, humour…) 

  • “Mark but this flea, and mark in this” – urgent, imperative nature, dominant and exuberant, heightened by the repetition. 

  • “Confess it, this cannot be said”, “Oh, stay” – Imperatives: He is being ignored, controlling with frustrated tone. Love is a game/battle to be won. 

  • ****’d”, “two bloods mingled be”, “pamper’d swells” – surprising imagery with sexual connotations, crude or flirtatious? A03ii  Extended metaphor/conceit. The speakers desire of sexual contact is shown by the urgency of this words. f and s – orthographic punUses humour as a method of seduction through laughter. about the most merely disgusting (poem) in our language.’ 

  • marriage bed, marriage temple.”,  “The flea is you and I.”References to religion and marriage, sex was sinful before marriage. A04 Humour – makes patently absurd comparisons. Religious connotations, metaphysical elements.  

  • three sins in killing three”, “cruel and sudden”, “purpled by thy nail.”Hyperbolic persuasion through placing of guilt. Semantic field of death to overwhelm her

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