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Date: 1850

"My own voice cheered me, and, far more, the mind's / Internal echo of the imperfect sound; / To both I listened, drawing from them both / A cheerful confidence in things to come"

— Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

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Date: 1850

"Yes, I remember when the changeful earth, / And twice five summers on my mind had stamped / The faces of the moving year, even then / I held unconscious intercourse with beauty / Old as creation"

— Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

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Date: 1850

"Meanwhile, my hope has been, that I might fetch / Invigorating thoughts from former years; / Might fix the wavering balance of my mind, / And haply meet reproaches too, whose power / May spur me on, in manhood now mature, / To honourable toil."

— Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

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Date: 1850

"From these I turned to travel with the shoal / Of more unthinking natures, easy minds / And pillowy"

— Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

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Date: 1850

"We were perforce connected, men whose sway / And known authority of office served / To set our minds on edge, and did no more."

— Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

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Date: 1850

"My mind was at that time / A parti-coloured show of grave and gay, / Solid and light, short-sighted and profound; / Of inconsiderate habits and sedate, / Consorting in one mansion unreproved. "

— Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

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Date: 1850

"Oh! why hath not the Mind, / Some element to stamp her image on / In nature somewhat nearer to her own?"

— Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

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Date: 1850

"Mighty is the charm / Of those abstractions to a mind beset / With images, and haunted by herself."

— Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

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Date: 1850

"Let this alone / Be mentioned as a parting word, that not / In hollow exultation, dealing out / Hyperboles of praise comparative; / Not rich one moment to be poor for ever; / Not prostrate, overborne, as if the mind / Herself were nothing, a mere pensioner / On outward forms--did we in presence ...

— Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

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Date: 1850

"The matter that detains us now may seem, / To many, neither dignified enough / Nor arduous, yet will not be scorned by them, / Who, looking inward, have observed the ties / That bind the perishable hours of life / Each to the other, and the curious props / By which the world of memory and though...

— Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

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