“My Verse, the Strict Map of My Misery”: Of Metaphors and Mindscapes

  • Michael A. Winkelman
Part of the Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance book series (CSLP)


It is very difficult to describe our thought processes literally. Even many technical Latin and Greek terms from neuroanatomy contain embedded metaphors:




tree bark


tree branches











dentate nucleus







sea horse



reticular formations


Many of these brain parts received their names around Donne’s lifetime, manifestations of the New Learning and taxonomic harbingers of modern medicine.


Cognitive Approach Innate Variation Universal Grammar Paradise Lost Left Angular Gyrus 
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