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Date: 1785

"In cities foul example on most minds / Begets its likeness"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1785

"The shifts and turns, / The expedients and inventions multiform / To which the mind resorts, in chase of terms / Though apt, yet coy, and difficult to win,-- / To arrest the fleeting images that fill / The mirror of the mind, and hold them fast, / And force them sit, till he has pencil'd off / ...

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1785

"An heav'nly mind / May be indiff'rent to her house of clay, / And slight the hovel as beneath her care"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1785

A body "queint in its deportment and attire" may (not) lodge "an heav'nly mind"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1785

Prejudice may take "deeper root" in "men of stronger minds"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1785

Learning may grow beneath Disciplines care, "a thriving and vigorous plant"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1785

"Threads of politic and shrewd design" that charge the mind with meanings may be (or not, as it were) disentangled from "the puzzled skein"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1785

The mind may be "enlighten'd from above"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1785

Rural scenes may "nurse / The growing seeds of wisdom"

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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Date: 1785

The mind may hunger and be supplied

— Cowper, William (1731-1800)

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