Difficulties of Identifying Sexual Status in Donne's 'The Flea'

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Title: Difficulties of Identifying Sexual Status in Donne's 'The Flea'
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Subject: Poetry & Poets
Author: Jimmy Breck-Mc Kye
Date: June 30, 2009
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But lines 5 and 6 demand the addressee to consider sexual relations in primarily public terms- “sin”, “shame” or “maidenhead” (that latter word hints as much as social position- ‘-head’ has the same root as the modern suffix ‘-hood’), where a flea is a small, insignificant object that cannot be equated with a sexual union...
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The paradox that concludes the poem both uses impersonal, public terms- ‘honor’ more obviously, though ‘yield’ also (it suggests a set of broader power relations, and would be associated somewhat, I would argue, with images of sexual relations in terms of larger-scale social hierarchies)...
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