Essay on The Metaphysical Conceit

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“Dull sublunary lovers' love —Whose soul is sense—cannot admit
Of absence, 'cause it doth remove
The thing which elemented it” (Donne). It is the very nature of the metaphysical conceit: to remove itself from the world of the tangible yet project an image far more moving than its literal counterpart. It is to go above and beyond the world of the immediate, to transcend the physical and stay bound to its origin, its comparison, while floating in the dreamy ether. The quote featured above serves as an accurate catch-all for what threads compose the complex weave of conceit: purely earthly knowledge, pure reason and sense, cannot understand what, its own, physical body is not present. Though weathering considerable assails for its
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Beyond simply being the stuff of divine recognition, the speaker’s love is what completes him, what brings him back to the very inception of their love, “[his love’s] firmness makes [his] circle just,” what causes the circle of his mortality, of his very essence, to “end where [it began]” (Donne). To Donne, the love is not dead, nor will it ever die so long as their two hearts pump vital, as their two minds flow to the same frequency of passion; and he would contest that that it never shall. Since their love exists as physically unknowable, existent entirely in divine fiber, Donne uses the metaphysical conceit of a compass to illustrate their bond. The speaker’s observation of the legs, that “if they be two, they are two so as stiff twin compasses are two,” shows that he admits or recognizes the separation, differentiating the pair as the lover (“Thy soul, the fix'd foot”) and himself (the “roam[ing], obliquely run[ning]…other foot”) (Donne). Love connects them more strongly as the speaker compares the actions of an extending compass to the situation which separates them,
And though it in the centre sit,
Yet, when the other far doth roam,
It leans, and hearkens after it,
And grows erect, as that comes home. (Donne). Though the two lovers find themselves apart, that divine love always makes them feel the strain of the distant other half. The upright integrity of the compass—as well as their love—cannot be whole as they are grow distant and bows and contorts with

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