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Metaphysical conceits in Donne’s “Song: (Go and Catch a Falling Star)

Metaphysical conceits in Donne’s “Song: (Go and Catch a Falling Star).”

Comments on John Donne’s use of Metaphysical conceits in his “Song: (Go and Catch a Falling Star).”

It is well known to us that John Donne is a Metaphysical poet. He has written many metaphysical poems and “The Song: (Go and Catch a Falling Star)” is one of them. In this poem he has used many conceits and the conceits are metaphysical.

Definition of Conceit: Conceit is an elaborate figure of speech comparing two dissimilar things or situations.

Conceits are mainly two types. One is Petrarchan and another is Metaphysical.

Metaphysical conceit is the conceit which is more startling (extremely unusual), ingenious (very suitable for a particular purpose) and intellectual (connected with or using a person’s ability to think in a logical way).

The Metaphysical Conceits that Donne has used in his song are as follows:

First, Catching a falling star is compared with finding out a woman who is both truthful and fair.

Second, Getting or producing a child from a mandrake root is also compared with finding out a truthful and fair woman.

Third, Telling about all past years is compared with the woman.

Fourth, Finding out the person who cleft or divided the foot of the devil is compared with true and fair woman.

Fifth, Teaching mermaids’ singing is compared with finding out a woman who is both true and fair.

Sixth, How to keep off envy’s stinging is compared with finding out a woman who is both true and fair.

 

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