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8/14/2018

Conceit




Comparison between two far-fetched objects of different kinds. It surprises it’s readers by its ingenious discovery and delights them by its intellectual quality. A famous example is Donne's comparison between two lovers' soul and the two arms of a pair of compasses in “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning”:
“If they be two, they are two so
A stiff twin compasses are two
Thy soul, the fixed foot, makes no show
To move, but doth, if th' other do”
Of the several conceits in “The Good Morrow”. here is one :
“Where can we find two better hemispheres,
Without sharp North, without declining West?”
The comparison between two hemispheres  and two lovers is an unusual, thought provoking one, and so, it is conceit.

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