"O what a noble mind is here o'erthrown!"

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

"O what a noble mind is here o'erthrown!"
Metaphor in Context
O what a noble mind is here o'erthrown!
The courtier's, soldier's, scholar's eye, tongue, sword,
Th' expectancy and rose of the fair state,
The glass of fashion and the mould of form,
Th' observed of all observers, quite, quite, down!
And I, of ladies most deject and wretched,
That sucked the honey of his music vows,
Now see that noble and most sovereign reason
Like sweet bells jangled out of tune and harsh;
That unmatched form and feature of blown youth
Blasted with ecstasy. O woe is me,
T' have seen what I have seen, see what I see!
HDIS: MacDonald History of the Concept of Mind (276)
Shakespeare, William. The Complete Works. Oxford Shakespeare. Electronic Edition for the IBM PC. Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor, Editor.
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.