Conceit Form of Poetry

The structure used in poems varies with different types of poetry and can be seen in the above example of Conceit Poetry Type. The structural elements include the line, couplet, strophe and stanza. Poets combine the use of language and a specific structure to create imaginative and expressive work. The structure used in some Poetry types are also used when considering the visual effect of a finished poem. The structure of many types of poetry result in groups of lines on the page which enhance the poem’s composition.

Conceit Poetry Type is where an image or metaphor likens one thing to something else that is seemingly very different. Poets often use a far-fetched simile or metaphor in this style. An example of a conceit can be found in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”.

Example of Conceit Poetry Type – Excerpt

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
by William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.

A conceit is an extended metaphor.

So what does that mean? A metaphor is a figure of speech that compares two things by saying that one of them is the other — “My girlfriend is a jewel.” “My smile is my shield against life’s hardships.” “A good education is your ticket to a better life.” A conceit is an extended or elaborated version of a comparison of that kind.Some content is only viewable by subscribers

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