"The Flea" John Donne

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Mind Map on "The Flea" John Donne, created by Rain Lima on 04/14/2016.

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"The Flea" John Donne
  1. Thesis Statement: Regardless of Donne's extensive explanation of why this person should sleep with him, he fails to actually convince them to do so.
    1. Formalist Terminology
      1. Conceit
        1. "It sucked me first, and now sucks thee, And in this flea our two bloods mingled be"
        2. Rhyme Scheme
          1. "Yet this enjoys before it woo, And pampered swells with one blood made of two, And this, alas, is more than we would do
          2. Imagism
            1. "Cruel and sudden, hast thou since Purpled thy nail, in blood of innocence?"
          3. Main argument
            1. The way Donne turns a nonsexual situation into something overwhelmingly sexual does not help him. He is trying to sweet talk this person but instead comes off as creepy
              1. His argument begins very logically and rationally, however, as the poem develops the reader notices that his intentions are no more than having sex. The last stanza tells us this because of how shocked he becomes when he sees how easily the person kills the flea
                1. The Rhyme scheme in this poem truly expresses the internal feelings of the speaker. He is trying to remain calm as the poem develops we see how desperate he really is. He uses words that make him seem composed and calm but the structure of the poem tells us otherwise
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