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.
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