Carpe Diem in The Bait - Lemuel Jimenez Sanders ENGL 2322...

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Lemuel Jimenez Sanders ENGL 2322 British Literature 17 November 2015 Analysis of Carpe Diem in John Donne’s “The Bait” “The Bait” is a carpe diem piece written by the metaphysical poet John Donne. “The Bait” is different from other works of carpe diem encompassing a clear theme of love unlike the traditional theme of lust. The different emotions conveyed in each stanza show sides of love not written about in other pieces. Donne’s use of imagery and metaphysical conceit help shape “The Bait” into a unique work distinct from other carpe diem compositions. The use of imagery and metaphysical conceit work together to give the piece a deeper meaning. Throughout the poem, Donne compares his relationship with his woman to be as smooth as a stream, his lover to a fish and bait, and the other men seeking her heart to other fish. The conceit used across the piece is smoothly introduced in the first stanza by the lines “Of golden sands, and crystal brooks, /With silken lines, and silver hooks.” After this line, Donne
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