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Date: 1635

"'Tis said that Polo the Tragedian / When hee on Stage to force some passion came, / Had his Sonnes ashes in an Urne enshrin'd / To worke more deepe impressions in his mind."

— Brathwaite, Richard (1587/8-1673)

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Date: 1667

"Those kind Impressions which Fate can't controul, / Are Heaven's mintage on a worthy Soul."

— Philips [née Fowler], Katherine (1632-1664)

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Date: 1667

"Nor was thy Head so worthy as thy Heart; / Where the Divine Impression shin'd so clear"

— Philips [née Fowler], Katherine (1632-1664)

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Date: 1667

"Yet by Impressions born with us we find/ How good, great, just thou art, how unconfin'd."

— Philips [née Fowler], Katherine (1632-1664)

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Date: 1682

"The Body is but the Clog and Prisoner of the Mind; tossed up and down, and persecuted with Punishments, Violences, and Diseases; but the Mind it self is Sacred, and Eternal, and exempt from the Danger of all Actual Impression."

— L'Estrange, Sir Roger (1616–1704)

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Date: 1683

Surprising touches and "a just method well-designed, / May leave a strong impression in the mind"

— Dryden, John (1631-1700) [Poem ascribed to]

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Date: 1683

"This thought such deep impressions makes"

— Shipman, Thomas (1632-1680)

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Date: 1684

"Since Harmony, like Fire to VVax, does fit / The softned Heart Impressions to admit."

— Behn, Aphra (1640?-1689)

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Date: 1686

"But the false Image she will ne're erace, / Though far unworthy still to hold its place: / So hard it is, even Wiser grown, to take / Th' Impression out, which Fancy once did make."

— Killigrew, Anne (1660-1685)

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Date: 1697

"But when Ulysses, with fallacious arts, / Had made impression in the people's hearts,"

— Dryden, John (1631-1700)

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