In literary terms, a conceit is an extended metaphor with a complex logic that governs an entire poem or poetic passage. By juxtaposing, usurping and manipulating images and ideas in surprising ways, a conceit invites the reader into a more sophisticated understanding of an object of comparison. Extended conceits in English are part of the poetic idiom of Mannerism, during the later sixteenth and early seventeenth century.
Modern stories involving sci-fi or fantasy are said to use a conceit in that they invite the reader to accept something about the world that isn't as it is in real life and can be interpreted as metaphor.
Stories whose defining climax is a spanking might be considered to use ubiquitous spanking as its conceit.
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