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September 14, 1929

Ravings in Delirium and Other Verse.

JAMA. 1929;93(11):871. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710110057042

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The title of this work is no doubt an outlet for a feeling of inferiority for the quality of the verse that composes it. The title is well chosen. The work is clearly neither poetry nor prose. What, then, is it? A few samples will suffice:

  • Impressions on our brain

  • From childhood do remain,

  • And when they are recalled

  • Memory it is called

  • Whether the length of retention

  • Is determined by attention,

  • Or by repeating the response

  • Of an impression received once.

  • It does not make much difference to us whether

  • It's quality or substance that we call matter,

  • It might be solid or as mist,

  • But we feel that it does exist.

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