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An Italian word for ‘conceitism’, or the cult of strikingly ingenious conceits, metaphors, paradoxes, and wit (ingegno) in both prose and verse of the early 17th century. Its most prominent exponent was the poet Giovanbattista Marino (1569–1625), whose elaborate and surprising metaphors won many imitators, and whose name eventually provided the term Marinism that came in literary history to replace both the original concettismo and the disparaging Secentismo. The use of far-fetched metaphor found in concettismo came to be justified and theorized by Matteo Peregrini in Delle acutezze (1639) and later by Emanuele Tesauro in Il cannocchiale aristotelico (1654), but by this time the movement was fading. The equivalent trend in Spanish poetry is known as conceptismo. See also baroque, mannerism.

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