Explanation: But O, self traitor, I do bring The spider love... True paradise, I have the serpent brought.

"But O, self traitor, I do bring
The spider love, which transubstantiates all,
And can convert manna to gall,
And that this place may thoroughly be thought
True paradise, I have the serpent brought."

Answer:  These lines have been taken from Donne's love poem 'Twicknam Garden' which bears the memory of Lucy, Countess of Bedford, from 1608 to 1817, patroness of the poet. 

Being inspired by a passion for his beloved, the poet has come to Twicknam Garden so that the beautiful sights and sounds around him might ease his anguish. But no, he finds that his empty and desolate mood does not yield to the soothing influence of the atmosphere. In other words, the beauty of nature here, because of his frustration in love, fails to soothe and console him. The beautiful objects, scenes and sounds fail to act as a balm to his wounded heart, caused by his failure in love. But the poet does not blame his beloved. He blames only himself for this. If nature fails to give solace to him, the fault lies with him for he has brought with him the spider of love, which transforms even the beautiful and the sweet, into something poisonous and bitter. He has also brought with him the serpent of jealousy which stings him, and thus mars his enjoyment of the springtime beauty of the garden. This garden may be compared to the garden of Eden (Paradise) because of its beauty and charm. This garden is, indeed, true Paradise because it has a serpent in the form of the poet's jealousy. (The reference here is to the serpent through whose shape Satan tempted Eve to taste the forbidden fruit in 


The fantastic comparisons between the poet's love and the poisonous spider, and between his jealousy and the serpent in Eden, constitute beautiful metaphysical conceits which are certainly marks of the poet's intellectual handling of the theme. 

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