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Metaphysical conceit refers to the poetry style of a group of poets who wrote in the 17 th century under the tutelage of John Donne. The conceit is de fined as the use of the extended metaphor encompassing the entire piece. The metaphysical conceit found in the poetic imagery of Donne matured as his personal life gained greeter significance. As humans we are bound by certain traits that we can either embrace or deny but it does not take much inquiry to recognize human conceit. Metaphysical poetry is the pinnacle style of such introspective poetry. Many authors and poets are known for their writing. Take in a count the amount of people that have lived and died since the first human being walked the Earth, there relatively are few. An even smaller minority includes authors and poets whose words produce images and emotions. Far fewer works produced, transcend time. John Donne was the Godfather of the Metaphysical poets whose styles continue to connect through their poems on topics ranging from love to religion. In a New York Times book review of The Varieties of Metaphysical Poetry; T. S. Eliot Looks at Poets as Mirrors of Daily Life critic Christopher Lehmann-Haupt narrates the Clark lectures at Trinity College, Cambridge, 1926, and the Turnbull lectures at the Johns Hopkins University, 1933 By T. S. Eliot Illustrated. It is in the Clark lectures, for a single instance, that he quotes the famous passage from Donne's "Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" in which the poet compares his own and his lover's souls to "stiffe twin compasses" in the following excerpt. Thy soule the fixt foot, makes no show To move, but doth, if th'other doe. (Donne 1981) Eliot then writes of the feeling one gets reading Donne "that the image and not the idea is the important thing."(Lehmann-Haupt 1994) In today’s world we live in a society that uses
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abbreviations and, modo-cons and acronyms to communicate. It is not my intention to support the use of LOL (Laughing Out Loud), ROF (Rolling On the Floor) and Brb (Be right back), but to point out that the modern human race is now communicating strictly through images and not ideas. Duplicate imagery can be seen in Donne’s protégé Andrew Marvell my fellow classmates Cindy Spano wrote a response about, A Dialogue between the Body and the Soul . The poem title suggests a conversation between Marvell's body and soul. As I mentioned humans are innately conceited and self-centered. In this case Marvell appears to despise the mortality of his body. He believes that his soul is more important than the confines of mortality. I refer to the following section of his poem: O who shall me deliver From the bonds of this tyrannic soul? (Marvell 2000) Marvell describes the burden of the human mind being aware that it is mortal and its longing to be immortal. The imagery of the soul being upset with the mind; having an argument is more powerful than the idea of death.
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