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The Flea

The Flea

by John Donne

Marriage Quotes

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Quote #1

And in this flea our two bloods mingled be. (line 4)

Although it sometimes seems that the speaker is all over the place, this poem actually proceeds in a very logical fashion. He sets up the idea of two bloodlines mixing, symbolizing marriage, within the first four lines.

Quote #2

O stay, three lives in one flea spare,
Where we almost, yea, more than married are. (line 10-11)

The second stanza is directly focused on the idea of marriage. Using that single small word, "yea," as a bridge, the speaker makes the giant leap from "almost" to "more than." From this point on, he no longer even worries about trying to establish that a marriage has taken place; it's a given.

Quote #3

This flea is you and I, and this
Our marriage bed, and marriage temple is. (line 12-13)

Maybe it's not the best idea to compare your marriage to a blood-sucking parasite...or to say that both the wedding and the honeymoon have taken place inside a bug.

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