Monthly Archives: September 2012

A briefly summary to “The Flea”

“The Flea” by John Donne is portrayed as an amazing poem to me. This is because he uses a very unique and different insert to express his thoughts and desires.

“Me it sucked first, and now sucks thee,

And in this flea our blood mingled be;”

It shows that he wanted to have more with his lover. And then, he made a very romantic atmosphere to attract his lover. He said

“This flee is you and I, and this

Our marriage bed and marriage temple is;”

Although his lover rejected him by killing the flea, he still tried to convince his lover to have sex with him. He told his lover that although the flea meant a lot to them but she meant more to him in comparison with the flea.

This poem is interesting because of the unexpected ending of the poem. Men would learn from it and women would hesitate to see whether this poem works for them.

The reason that this poem was published after John’s passing is because he wanted to maintain his social power. His intention is to share it among his friends only. People feel that they are in power when their community has their own secrets.


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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Uncategorized


Response to “This Be The Verse” (Norton 2: 2716)

At the very beginning, this poem “This Be The Verse” by Philip Larkin captured my attention. The first few sentences are

They fuck you up, your mum and dad

They might not mean to, but they do.

Although he tries to make it sound like a casual talk, it did give me a shock nonetheless. After that, he told me how my parents and I were born. According to the genetics, I have all the bad habits that my parents have and due to the mutation, I have more bad habits than my parents. In the end of the poem, he told me to

Get out as early as you can,

And don’t have any kids yourself.

As I was reading the poem, I kept wondering what’s wrong with him as I had done nothing wrong. He said that I have faults and the best solution is to end my life. He made me really furious and I had the urge to tear the paper. Later on, I read his another poem, High Window. I do not feel as bad as the first time that I read this poem since I catch up what he means. Larkin tries to suggest that life is just only a cycle,  we are doing the something every time. Also, it is similar to his High Window, men never satisfy with what we have. We use to admire our young generation, the freedom and the youth that they have. The best is always the one which we never achieve. So, in order to end this cycle, the best solution that Larkin suggests is not to have any kids. Although it is funny, it makes us to think further when we are reading, for instance, we have to feel graceful since our mothers give us this chance to be admired.Image

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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Uncategorized