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English 105 Final Research Essay February 22, 2007 “The Flea” by John Donne and “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvel, are two poems about two men trying to seduce their mistresses through the use of clever metaphors and symbols. However, these metaphysical poems that use the array of creative metaphors to display or convey courtship rituals similar to those from the European Renaissance era. These two poems reflect several of these traditions such as the issue of premarital sex, the freedom to choose who to court, and the explosion of romance in courting. In the 15 th and 16 th century, the church greatly influenced people’s morals as well as rules on courtship. So because of the age-old teaching of the bible, premarital sex was considered immoral, although not uncommon. In Donne and Marvel’s poems, both authors use ingenious metaphors to get around the church’s belief, and seduce a woman into engaging in premarital sex. In “The Flea”, the speaker tells his beloved to look at the flea and to note "how little that which thou deny’st” him. He claims that the flea has
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