|Source||Silva Rhetoricae (http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/Silva.htm); De Mille (1882)|
1. An extended metaphor. Popular during the Renaissance and typical of John Donne or John Milton. Unlike allegory, which tends to have one-to-one correspondences, a conceit typically takes one subject and explores the metaphoric possibilities in the qualities associated with that subject. (Silva Rhetoricae)
2. 1st. Conceit.
2. At present it is used to signify sentiments that are strained or far-fetched, especially when presented in the form of figures. (De Mille)
1. Robert Herrick's "The Vine". (Silva Rhetoricae)
2. Thus Pope:
|Related Figures||metaphor, simile, allegory|
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