What are the conceits used in the poem "The Bait" by John Donne?
John Donne often used metaphysical conceits in his poetry. A conceit is the poet's way of using an unlooked-for or often extremely unlikely object as an extended metaphor or comparison of some greater idea or theme in his poem. In "The Bait," Donne compares his love relationship to a stream, his lover to a fish, other men to fisherman, and his lover to bait. Donne's use of detail and color in the first stanza conjures alluring, rich images:
Of golden sands, and crystal brooks,With silken lines, and silver hooks.