The Analysis of the Profane and Sacred in John Donne's Poems "The Flea" and "Holy Sonnet 14"
It seems that by killing the flea the mistress seems to further suggest the fact that she would murder anything or anyone that may be a threat to her virtuousness. However, after this event, the speaker seems to contradict his previous argument and forms a brand new one as he goes on to compare the loss of virginity to something as minor as the death of a flea. This is clear as poem ends with the speaker saying "Tis true, then learn how false, fears be; / Just so much honor, when thou yield'st to me / Will waste, as this flea's death took life from thee" ("The Flea, "L-25-27). In the poem "The Flea," the reader realizes that the speaker is concerned only with himself and does not seem to care about, or support his mistress's thoughts, feelings, as well as beliefs. Once again Helen Gardner argues that "His mind is naturally sceptical and curious, holding little sacred" (The Divine Poems, Pg-20). Hence, the reader recognizes that the speaker does not consider sex to be a special act and is completely self absorbed, as Gardner notices that " he is only rarely tender and almost never