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Analysis

The Flea Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this poem?

PG-13

Donne beats around the proverbial bush quite a lot in "The Flea," but we know what he means with all this talk about the marriage bed and the mixing of "blood" (as in, bloodlines and bodily fluids). Lofty as he makes it sound, it's still sex. Stripped of its rhetoric, this poem could have emerged from the mind of a thirteen-year-old, so we think PG-13 is appropriate.

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