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Date: 1603

"This is the very coinage of your brain."

— Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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Date: 1664

"[B]ut when the difficulty of artful rhyming is interposed, where the poet commonly confines his sense to his couplet, and must contrive that sense into such words, that the rhyme, shall naturally follow them, not they the rhyme; the fancy then gives leisure to the judgment to come in; which seei...

— Dryden, John (1631-1700)

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Date: 1675

"Our Poet hope's you'll not expect to day, / T'have all his down-right thoughts drest up so gay, / If his Coyn chinks too much, you'll doubt allay."

— Fane, Sir Francis (d. 1691)

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Date: 1677

"I have a Mint in my Brain, and I'l coin so much for you both presently."

— Ravenscroft, Edward (c.1650- c.1700)

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Date: 1697

"Her Mony may raise many a false pretended Passion, and young Women seldom want a little hardned Vanity to stamp it into Currant Love."

— Cibber, Colley (1671-1757)

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Date: 1700

"I feel my Soul rise with my Pocket."

— Burnaby, William (1673-1706)

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Date: 1701

"Conceit, like Wind, has seiz'd the empty Head, and Men convulsively strive to utter what they want a Fund of Brains to yeild."

— Baker, Thomas (b. 1680-1)

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Date: 1724

"Thy fears are the wild coinage of thy fancy."

— Savage, Richard (1697/8-1743)

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Date: 1752, performed 1772

"I flatter'd my poor soul that all its Fears / Were Grief's distemper'd coinage, that my Love / Rais'd causeless apprehensions, and at length / Edgar would quite forgive."

— Mason, William (1725-1797)

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Date: 1759, performed 1776

"(If shapes like his be but the fancy's coinage)"

— Mason, William (1725-1797)

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