How Does John Donne Represent The Art Of Seduction In The Poem "The Flea"? Project

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How does John Donne represent the art of seduction in the poem ‘The Flea’?
The poem has a regular structure with three stanza’s which each have nine lines where they all have a regular rhyming scheme. This connotes that the love between the two people are affectionate as John delivers the love as “one blood made of two... more than we would do”. This tells the reader that John wants to be with the woman for lust and not for love. This is also shown in the first stanza where the poet recites “A sin, nor shame, nor loss of maidenhead,”. This means that to give her virginity to John would not be a sin or a shame upon her.
The flea symbolises a place where John’s blood and his lovers mingle within the flea and are seen as a valid marriage in the eyes of God. John sees this as the only place that they can be together as is tells the flea to stay as there are “three lives in one flea”, that one small body can hold the joy and bliss of two people. John and his lover cannot be together...

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