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Date: 1669, 1694

"I say this is a Spanker Madrigal, and newly minted in my Brain."

— Boyle, Roger, 1st Earl of Orrery (1621-1679)

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Date: 1680

"'Tis an Error as groundless as Vulgar, to think that there goes no more to the furnishing a Poet, than a Wind-mill in the Head, a Stream of Tattle, and convenient Confidence; whereas no Exercise of the Soul requires a more compos'd Thought, more sparingness of Words, more Modesty and Caution in ...

— Tate, Nahum (c. 1652-1715)

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Date: 1684

"Examine how your Humour is inclin'd, / And which the Ruling Passion of your Mind"

— Dillon, Wentworth, 4th Earl of Roscommon (1637-1685)

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Date: 1685

A Partner of a king's sway may be "greater in the Empire of His Heart"

— Arwaker, Edmund (c.1655-1730)

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Date: 1685

"Truth Stamps Conviction in your Ravisht Breast."

— Dillon, Wentworth, 4th Earl of Roscommon (1637-1685)

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Date: 1685

"The first Impression in her Infant Breast / Will be the deepest, and should be the best."

— Dillon, Wentworth, 4th Earl of Roscommon (1637-1685)

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Date: 1686, 1712

"See how my melting Passions hast and run, / Like Virgin-wax before the scorching Sun!"

— Arwaker, Edmund (c.1655-1730)

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Date: 1686, 1712

"But while confin'd to this dark Cell I lie, / My captive Soul can't reach its native Sky"

— Arwaker, Edmund (c.1655-1730)

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Date: 1686, 1712

"Here, even my Will's a slave to Passions made, / Passions which have its Liberty betray'd."

— Arwaker, Edmund (c.1655-1730)

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Date: 1686, 1712

One may be " to a narrow Dungeon confin'd, / A Cave that darkens and restrains [the] Mind"

— Arwaker, Edmund (c.1655-1730)

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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.