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John Donne

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"The Flea" is an erotic metaphysical poem by early modern English poet John Donne. It was originally published posthumously in the first edition of Donne's poetry in 1633, but likely written in the 1590s. "The Flea" describes an interaction between two potential lovers and a flea. Its speaker uses metaphysical conceits throughout the three-stanza poem to explore the concepts of sexual and spiritual union.

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