Conceit In John Donne's Poetry

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ASSIGNMENT TOPIC: CONCEITS IN JOHN DONNE’S POEMS PRESENTED BY: BISALAKSHI SAWARNI ROLL NO: EGI14024 INTEGRATED M.A. 2nd SEMESTER A conceit is an extended metaphor that governs an entire poem. By using extended ideas and images, conceits presents striking parallel between two different things or situations. It is basically a comparison or simile between two dissimilar things. The history of English literature witnessed the adaptation of two types of conceit: the Petrarchan conceit and the Metaphysical conceit. This paper sheds light on the second type of conceit which was mainly employed by Donne and the other metaphysical poets of the seventeenth century. John Donne's poetry is abound with metaphysical conceits. The conceits employed by Donne are learned- they display the poet’s thorough knowledge of a wide range of subjects such as science, mathematics, astronomy, and several others. The conceits thus give an intellectual tone. In order to study the usage conceits by John Donne in his poems, I have selected…show more content…
Thus love is asceticism, in this sense, a major conceit in the poem. Also, the poem’s title serves a dual purpose: while the speaker argues that their love will canonize him and his lover into sainthood, the poem itself serves as a canonization for the pair of lovers. Donne experiments with the conceit in a mystical way referring to life's circular movement of death and renewal. In the poem, Donne compares himself and his lover to eagle and dove, to tapers, and phoenix and fly, in order to amplify the power of their love. The two lovers are compared to tapers burnt by fire; like they are burnt by the heat of their passion, yet their love will rise from their ashes and be renewed like the mythical
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