temple. O stay, three lives in one flea spare, Where we almost, yea, more than married are. He thus returns to his original argument from the first stanza: the fleas intimate contact with the woman has caused her no harm, so a physical encounter with the poet will cause no harm either. He has not been successful so far, but we do not know what will happen next. Our marriage bed, and marriage temple. London: Lawrence Bullen, 1896. The first stanza speaks of how the writer and the woman become one after being bitten by the flea. Besides, the flea pricked her and got what it wanted without having to woo her. 'Tis true ; then learn how false fears be ; Just so much honour, when thou yield'st to me, Will waste, as this flea's death took life from thee. Poems of John Donne. Cite This Essay, to export a reference to this article please select a referencing stye below: Essays,.
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Since in the flea their blood is mixed together, he says that they have already been made as one in the body of the flea. The writer speaks to the woman through rhetorical questions, Purpled thy nail, in blood of innocence, has she sinned by spilling the blood of the innocent? In the first stanza, Donne uses extended metaphors to get his point across about the flea. Now she (quite rationally) tries to kill the flea, but the speaker stops her. This flea is you and I, and this. An analysis of The Flea by John Donne. The flea has already cloisterd them within its bodys walls of jet (line 15, possibly also suggesting that they are alone together in a dark room). How little that which thou deniest me is, she denies his sexual advances which means little to her. The speaker uses the occasion of a flea hopping from himself to a young lady as an excuse to argue that the two of them should make love.