Abstract：John Donne is considered as the most significant metaphysical poet. His metaphysical concept influenced British literature during the seventeenth century. The Flea is one of the most popular and classic love poems of Donne. This thesis will discuss John Donne and his poems by analyzing The Flea. It appeals that the usage of conceit not only explains Donne’s thought of love and marriage, but also exhibits his metaphysical mode. This is suit for the metaphysical poetry. The Flea is the most representative example of Donne’s usage of metaphysics. The thesis contains three parts. Firstly, the metaphysics and metaphysical poetry, especially the “conceit” will be introduced. Secondly, Donne’s literary career and characteristics of his poems will be discussed. Thirdly, Donne’s metaphysical ideas from his poem The Flea will be analyzed.
Key words: John Donne; Metaphysics; Metaphysical poetry; conceit; The Flea