"Hence the strange parade he makes with regions, and recesses, hollow caverns, and private seats, wastes, and wildernesses, fruitful and cultivated tracks, words which, though they have a precise meaning as applied to country, have no definite signification as applied to mind."
— Campbell, George (1719-1796)
Rocks, caves, lakes, fens, bogs, dens, and shades of death;
or given us with Othello,
------All his travel's history
Wherein, belike, of antres vast and desarts idle,
Rough quarries, rocks, and hills whose heads touch heaven,
'I had been his hent to speak.
So much for the immoderate use of metaphor, which, by the way, is the principal source of all the nonsense of orators and poets.
The Philosophy of Rhetoric. By George Campbell, 2 vols. (London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1776). <Link to ESTC>