What is a Metaphysical Conceit? Cite one example.

What is a Metaphysical Conceit? Cite one example.

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  1. A metaphysical conceit is a figurative speech favored by poets, writers, and philosophers. A metaphysical conceit is an extended metaphor that tries to connect two ideas that are completely different. It is a fairly elaborate metaphor that occurs in a short space. It requires a good deal of wit and a quick grasp of the concepts in question in order to be understood.

    One example of metaphysical conceit is the comparison of love to a flower by John Donne. Another example of this, is when William Shakespeare in his poem “Sonnet 130” compares his love with the sun in the sky.

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