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John Donne

Metaphysical conceits in Donne’s Poetry

A conceit is basically a simile of comparison between two dissimilar things. in a conceit the dissimilarity between the things is so great that the readers are taken aback. Dr. Samuel Johnson pointed out that in metaphysical poetry the most heterogeneous ideas are yoked by violence together.

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