Anatomy of Melancholy, 159-160: Subsect. VII – Of the Inward Senses, cont.

A of M 159 Memory

Seriously, I am never going to finish this project if The Anatomy of Melancholy keeps making me have so many ideas. Given that I have exactly eight and a half hours of free time per week to work on this, I would say we are looking at approximately ten years until completion if I keep going at this rate. I will try to start moving through this thing a little faster…

But I guess it is also time to admit that instead of plowing through The Anatomy with a daily quota of pages to read, I am going to let the book dictate the ideas and consequent number of illustrations. In other words, instead of 2-3 pages per day, it might be more like 2-3 pages per week. That will safely carry me through the presidency of he-who-shall-not-be-named and then some, which is good because the ignorance and hate that brought him to power may be with us for some time to come, sadly.

And whoops, here is the quote for this one:

Memory lays up all the species which the senses have brought in, and records them as a good register, that they may be forth-coming when they are called for by phantasy and reason. His object is the same with phantasy, his seat and organ the back part of the brain.


This post is part of a long, tedious, and very illustrated read-along of Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy. More info here and follow along on Facebook here. Illustrations posted via devon_isadevon on Instagram.

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