The Flea-John Donne

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  • (1572-1631) Renaissance Period
  • The poem is a metaphysical conceit
  • Donne was a metaphysical poet, mainly concerned with seizing pleasure in the moment ("Carpe Diem")
  • Donne was also a Machiavellian who believed that immorality is second to being politically successful, and was a politically devious/selfish
  • The audience for his poetry was a male dominated English court
  • The motif of women being objects strongly reflects the view that women were to be conquered (also seen in many other poems)
  • This poem alternates metrically between lines

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