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Thomas Gray
Happy daze

… The Attic warbler pours her throat, Responsive to the cuckoo's note, The untaught harmony of spring: While, whisp'ring pleasure as they fly, Cool Zephyrs thro' the clear blue sky Their gathered fragrance fling…. Thomas Gray, "Ode on the Spring" * Forget about odes to spring. Neuroscience has taken the magic, not to mention the mystery, out of the poetry. That surge of optimism? Merely the serotonergic response to increased daylight. The distraction and dreaminess? The neurotransmitter dopamine is responding to light and warmth. And what about the "gathered fragrance" of romance in the air? Hardly poetic, since the sensitivity of the...

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