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Date: November, 1930

"What's in your mind, my dove, my coney; / Do thoughts grow like feathers, the dead end of life; / Is it making of love or counting of money, / Or raid on the jewels, the plans of a thief?"

— Auden, W. H. (1907-1973)

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Date: 1931

"My Waxen heart, when near the Flame, / Yields to th' imprinted mould" but "hardens in the Cold"

— Tickell, Thomas (1685-1740)

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Date: 1932

"A tiny core of stillness in the heart is like the eye of a violet."

— Lawrence, D. H. (1885-1930)

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Date: 1932

"The climate of the mind is positively English in its variableness and instability."

— Huxley, Aldous (1894-1963)

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Date: 1932

"Herbert is the poet of this inner weather."

— Huxley, Aldous (1894-1963)

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Date: w. 1936, 1938

"The year plunges into night / and the heart plunges / lower than night // to an empty, windswept place / without sun, stars or moon / but a peculiar light as of thought // that spins a dark fire-- / whirling upon itself until, / in the cold, it kindles // to make a man aware of nothing / that he...

— Williams, William Carlos (1883-1963)

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Date: 1936

"Everything is sordid, shoddy, thin as pasteboard. A Coney Island of the mind."

— Miller, Henry (1891-1980)

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Date: 1936

"The monarch of the mind is a monkey wrench."

— Miller, Henry (1891-1980)

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Date: 1936

"The desires of the heart are as crooked as corkscrews."

— Auden, W. H. (1907-1973)

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Date: 1937

"Figure on her waxen mind / Images of life refin'd."

— Philips, Ambrose (1674-1749)

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