Life is often presented as a line (a path, a road) or sometimes as a circle. But it has also been regarded more imaginatively as a labyrinth or maze. To some, maze patterning might be too restrictive for any broad or deep symbolic purposes. As the 18th-century Lord Kames put it, speaking primarily of garden mazes, "It is a mere conceit, like that of composing verses in the shape of an axe or an egg. The walks and hedges may be agreeable, but in the form of a labyrinth, they serve no end but to puzzle … ." A contemporary writer on the concept of the labyrinth, Robert Rawdon Wilson, suggests a more impressive estate for it: "The complexity that a labyrinth manifest is … that of the mind."



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