John Donne as a metaphysical poet

What do you understand by a conceit? Write a note on the use of conceits in John Donne’s poetry.

Answer: What is a conceit? A conceit is basically a simile, or a comparison between two dissimilar things. In a conceit, the dissimilarity between the things compared is so great that the reader is always fully conscious of it even while having to concede the likeness implied by the poet. Thus Dr. Johnson pointed out …

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