The flea


PosterˇG Jenny at 10:12:6 3/24/98 from c550-6.svdcc.fju.edu.tw
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This is a poem about image of love. The writer here asks the girl not to kill the flea. Because the flea have his and her blood together. At last the girl have killed the flea.
The writer wishes that they could be together forever in the flea that there is only one flea but three lives. He asks the girl not to be cruel and kill the flea, like killing their love and a flea. Although parents don't want them to is together but still he want to be with her. He think that in the future they can live all by themselves and live happy ever after." Though parents grudge, and you, we are met, and cloistered in these living walls of jet." At the end, the girl has killed the flea. The writer is kind of upset but not mad. " Where could this flea guilty, beˇK" This line have show the passion of sorrow.
From the poem surface we can see the above feeling. But this poem is an example of a conceit. Conceit is some metaphor which ingenious expression or idea. In the poem the writer wants to persuade the lady to go to bed with him, he used the flea to his persuasion. " And in this flea our two bloods mingled be; thou know'st that this cannot be said a sin, or shame, or loss of maidenhead, yet this enjoys before it wooˇK" It was known that during the seventeenth century it was beliveved that women became pregnant when the blood of the man mixed with her blood during sexual intercourse. So the first six lines of the second stanza seem to tell the girl how it is to be sexual intercourse, it is "nay more than married are." "This flea is you and I, and this our marriage bed and marriage temple is;" Although parents will disagree, but they can do it secretly.
In the first and second stanza, the writer really wishes to go to bed with her, and say that there is no reason for resistance. In the third stanza, the lady has killed the flea. I thought the writer should be very mad or angry, but instead he said " Tis true; then learn how false fears be: just so much honor, when thou yield'st to me, will wasteˇK" This is kind of impenetrable I can't really catch the writer feeling.
In the second stanza the speaker say that to kill the flea would be " three sins in killing three." I think he mean that makes love is some usual thing to do in life, it is kind of needs. So he said kill the flea is sacrilege. Just like killing him and her together with a flea.




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