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Date: 1725-6

"[T]he body it self was suppos'd to be the infernal receptacle of the Soul, into which she descended as into a prison, from above; this was thought the sepulchre of the Soul, and the cave of Pluto"

— Pope, Alexander (1688-1744), Broome, W. and Fenton, E.

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Date: 1737

"Souls for ever live: / But often their old Habitations leave, / To dwell in new; which them, as Guests, receive."

— Baker, Henry (1698-1774)

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Date: 1741

"Unknown, unfriended to the regal Bed; / For in the secret Closet of her Breast, / Constantia her imperial Birth suppress'd"

— Ogle, George (1704-1746)

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Date: 1744

"The Preservation of Life, the defending the human Body from Decay, and of rendering it a fit Tenement for the Soul to inhabit, in that Season in which she is most capable of exerting her noblest Faculties, are grave and ferious Subjects; with which no trivial Matters ought to mingle."

— Campbell, John (1708-75)

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