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Metaphysical Poetry

January 31, 2012

Wanted to share this wonderful poem that has been on my mind for the last few days. I was quite amazed by the technique here!

The Flea by John Donne

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Mark but this flea, and mark in this

How little that which thou deniest me is ;

It suck’d me first, and now sucks thee, 

And in this flea our two bloods mingled be.

Thou know’st that this cannot be said

A sin, nor shame, nor loss of maidenhead ;

Yet this enjoys before it woo, 

And pamper’d swells with one blood made of two ;

And this, alas ! is more than we would do.

——

O stay, three lives in one flea spare,

Where we almost, yea, more than married are.

This flea is you and I, and this

Our marriage bed, and marriage temple is.

Though parents grudge, and you, we’re met,

And cloister’d in these living walls of jet.

Though use make you apt to kill me,  

Let not to that self-murder added be,

And sacrilege, three sins in killing three.

——

Cruel and sudden, hast thou since

Purpled thy nail in blood of innocence?

Wherein could this flea guilty be,

Except in that drop which it suck’d from thee?

Yet thou triumph’st, and say’st that thou

Find’st not thyself nor me the weaker now.

‘Tis true ; then learn how false fears be ;

Just so much honour, when thou yield’st to me,

Will waste, as this flea’s death took life from thee.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. DEEPAK KARTHIK permalink
    February 1, 2012 10:03 am

    Speechless !
    Just awesome….
    Great selection of words…
    Dee..

  2. February 1, 2012 10:06 pm

    Beautiful selection, Amit.

    • February 2, 2012 1:55 am

      Amit, for your deep thoughts, here’s something for you! http://mellifluousmurmurs.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/with-love-to-you/

  3. February 3, 2012 6:04 am

    I can definitely understand the inspiration–absolutely fantastic!

  4. February 7, 2012 4:09 pm

    On your mind, huh. :P

  5. February 8, 2012 5:26 pm

    Thank you for share this poem :)
    Greetings from Greece :)

  6. April 15, 2012 1:48 pm

    It’ among the heart touching poems by Jhon Donne nad i am a fan of him , his writing ..thank u for reminding me the poem once again that i had read during my graguation .

    • April 15, 2012 1:50 pm

      Thanks Mithilesh for the visit. I am happy the post reminded you of the bygone days!

      Do visit again!

  7. April 22, 2012 1:43 pm

    its funny and not funny. there is some sadness underlying.

    • April 22, 2012 1:45 pm

      sadness…well it can be read that ways too…i so far had read it as a poem with a hint of mirth and pun!

      • April 22, 2012 1:52 pm

        hmm, glass half full? guess so! :)

  8. sash permalink
    July 2, 2012 7:22 am

    It indeed is a trigger! firing right at me… the platforms formed around creatures, systems and love or call it crudely. A lesson for those unlearned and memory for those lived. For me, it is another trigger of the same bullet that hit me already, but didn’t kill… a memorable lesson about pain – the flea must have gone through while in the sting operation!

    the other way, it meant nothing to me but related. thx for sharing bro.

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