In "Valediction: Forbidding Mourning," what conceit does Donne use in stanzas 7 - 9?
In John Donne 's poem "Valediction: Forbidding Mourning," the conceit, found in stanzas 7-9, is a compass (a tool used in geometry). Donne, who wrote this poem for his wife when he was about to go on a long trip, compares his wife's soul to "the fixed foot." Just as the fixed part of the compass is planted on the paper, so does his wife stay put. However, just as the fixed part of the compass leans a bit as the other foot leans, so does his wife lean in the same direction that he does. And when he is coming back home, his wife stands upright, just as the fixed part of a compass...
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