The Flea


PosterĄG Yvonne at 12:41:12 3/24/98 from c550-20.svdcc.fju.edu.tw
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THE FLEA
In my point of view, the main idea of this poem is very simple: The speaker wanted to make love with his mistress, but she rejected him. Most funny of all, the speaker used "A FLEA" to persuade her.

"Me it sucked first, and now suck thee, And in this flea our two blood mingled be; " The speaker said, "look, now the flea sucks your and my blood, and we mix in its little body." "Thou know'st that this cannot not be said A sin, or shame, or loss of maidenhead, Yet this enjoys before it woo, And pampered swells with one blood made of two, And this, alas, is more than we could do." Then the speaker said, " Our blood mixing in flea's body cannot be called a crime, and you don't lose your maidenhead. We just enjoy the sex before getting married. And maybe the flea will form a baby in its body, since our blood mixed together." "SO, MAKE LOVE WITH ME." The speaker didn't point out but he showed his ambition obviously. At these few lines, we find out a lie: How can woman pregnant without sex or by a mixing with two bloods. This may be an idea of people in seventeen-century or just a lie that the speaker wanted to persuade his mistress.

"Oh stay, three lives in one flea spare, where we almost, and more than married are. The flea is you and I, and this Our marriage bed and marriage temple is; Though parents grudge, and you, we are met and cloistered in these living walls of jet." The speaker then kept persuading his lover by saying that: We match to each other, so make love with me and I will marry you. Moreover, the flea now contains your, my, and our baby's lives; therefore we can enjoy our sex now. Although your parents may blame to us, we don't need to care about them." At these few lines, the speaker thought that making love won't be a big deal, since they have already form a baby in a flea's body. Oh! How mean a person he is! And the next few lines, I suspect the flea said for itself. The flea said, " I know you want to kill me. But if you do, you not only kill yourself (The blood of his lover may be one part of her life) but also kill your baby (The speaker thought that when their blood mixed, they had had a baby." From the first stanza to second stanza, there were the words that the speaker used to persuade his mistress to have a sex with him.

At the third stanza, his mistress finally took some action. "Cruel and sudden, hast thou since Purpled thy nail in blood of innocence? Wherein the flea guilty be, except in the drop which it sucked from thee? Yet thou triumph'st, and say'st that thou Find'st not thy self nor me the weaker now; Tis true; then learn how false fears be: Just so much honor, when thou yield'st to me, Will waste, as this flea's death took life from thee." The speaker's lover killed the flea = she rejected to sleep with the speaker. The speaker was very sad and told her that: "How come you kill such a innocent thing (the flea = their baby). Now I know that you are the weaker and afraid of the thing which doesn't need to afraid of (making love with him). Since you reject me and tend not to let me achieve me purpose, I don't want to love you. Some day you will know this kind of resist is meaningless and you will regret. In my point of view, what the speaker said was exactly nonsense and his lover's action was right. I just don't understand why men will use this kind of skill to chat women to go to bed with them. However, it is also a fresh poem for me, because I never read this sort of bending poem.


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