To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell and the Flea by John Donne
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... His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell and the Flea by John Donne
Both poems have a similar theme, “love”, and, at the beginning of both the poems, this love seems to be pure in its approach and address. On closer observation, the underlying meaning changes altogether, letting the reader see the erotic nature of love, where the beloved is urged to give up her chastity, her virginity. Both speakers in the poem expect the beloved to give in to their lustful desire, as if the woman is supposed to be readily available to satisfy man’s desire in the naked flesh. The setting of the poems is seventeenth Century England, an era of metaphysical poetry, Donne being a pioneer. Both Marvell and Donne composed beaut...