Metaphysical Conceit: Definition & Examples


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What is a metaphysical conceit?

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1. In what century was the metaphysical conceit primarily used?

2. In John Donne's poem ''A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning,'' what does the metaphysical conceit compare?

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These resources will determine what you know about metaphysical conceit. For the quiz, you'll be responsible for grasping topics like a definition of metaphysical conceit and the century when it was most common in literature.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Answer questions on these study topics:

  • The metaphysical conceit in a poem by John Donne
  • Andrew Marvell's poem The Definition of Love
  • The way metaphysical conceit can help a reader understand literature better

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on metaphysical conceit
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the metaphysical conceit in poems by John Donne and Andrew Marvell
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what metaphysical conceit means and the century when it was a common literary device in poetry
  • Making connections - use understanding of metaphysical conceit and how it's connected to a reader's understanding of a poem

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Learn more about the literary craft via the lesson we've named Metaphysical Conceit: Definition & Examples. Use these bullet points as a guide to help you study:

  • Metaphysical poets and their uses of metaphysical conceit
  • A reason why metaphysical conceit went out of style
  • John Donne as one of the pioneers of metaphysical conceit