William Shakespeare, Complete Sonnets and Poems, Colin Burrow, ed., (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), sonnet 55.13-14. I draw on Burrow’s edition, referred to as Sonnets, for my analyses throughout.
locates the beginning of the modern conception of mental imagery with Descartes’ 1641 Meditations, which denies that certain concepts, like God, appear in our minds as an image. First refuted in 1651 by Hobbes, who conceived of all thought as a “trayne of imaginations” (Leviathan I.3, quoted in Thomas, “Mental Imagery”), cognitive “picture-theory,” as it is called, remains a matter of contention. Sections 3 and 4 of Thomas’s entry are devoted to this still ongoing debate.
(The Sighted Singer, 7)