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A Comparative Study Of Poetry By Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Frost, Ted Hughes, And A Song By John Lennon

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An imaginative journey can be defined as an expedition to an unreal place, or the dreaming of potential possibilities that reflect one's own experiences, leading to spiritual enlightenment. A journey becomes a process, based on perception, or the acknowledgment of fate or destiny, all ideas that present a path of rediscovery, where we can learn more about our world and ourselves. Samuel Taylor Coleridge defines freedom of the imagination in his reflective poems, 'This Lime Tree Bower My Prison', and 'Frost At Midnight'. These notions about journeys are also evident in Robert Frost's 'The Road Not Taken', Ted Hughes' 'The Jaguar', and lastly John Lennon's 'Imagine'.Inviting the responder, and ...view middle of the document...

His emotions have been transformed as his imagination has launched him into a transcending experience. Coleridge encourages his audience to explore the value of journeys, as the unknown and multi-layered facets of his emotions and imagination transcends all that is physical, and elevates the responder to exploring these ideas about the world and ourselves…the idea of reality divides, imagination unites.Representing a world of choices, in which the crossroads and dead ends of life symbolise the fears and regrets of the individual, Robert Frost gazes in retrospect at a metaphorical fork in the road in his poem 'The Road Not Taken'. Similar to Coleridge's enlivening fantasy, in which the only conflict lies in the poet's perception, Frost journeys into the depths of his regret, mourning the road he didn't travel down: in his mortality he is limited to one choice, one experience."I shall be telling this with a sigh", yet through the imaginary evaluation of his choice, he comes to a conclusion and realisation of the ideas surrounding destiny; a fate "that has made all the difference".The poet explores the potentials and importance of choice justifying his life decision in a concise reflective manner, in contrast to the immediacy of 'This Lime Tree Bower My Prison'; 'The Road Not Taken' is structured into four stanza's, each keeping to a regular abaab rhyme scheme, accentuating this notion, as well as demonstrating his need for affirmation in his choice. This gives us further insight into the workings of his meditation as the longing and wonder behind Frost's words undoubtedly communicates the common feeling of curiosity: "And sorry I could not travel both/ And be one traveller," while also bringing in the idea that the poet is not travelling alone, making his decision all the more difficult. Drawing the responder in, while compelling them to question the importance of decisions in life and to a higher degree, the inevitability of fate, Frost validates the power of the imagination.Likewise responding to the idea of freedom of the imagination, Ted Hughes gives life to 'The Jaguar', which, though isolated, unconsciously journeys to find "wildernesses of freedom". Ted Hughes uses Romantic views to convey to the audience the value of respecting nature, and like 'This Lime tree Bower my Prison', extends the notion of the ability of the mind in eradicating obstacles and physical boundaries. Though the jaguar is pent up, it maintains a wild vivacity: "He spins from the bars, but there's no cage to him". The jaguar views life differently from the other animals, they are suffocating at being held in captivity, but the jaguar feels he may do whatever he wants within the confinements of the cage, and this is the way he perceives his life. The mood is dark and mysterious, and we begin to feel the growing power of the jaguar, as it hurries "through prison darkness", as though there isn't a moment to lose. This makes it clear that the jaguar is not restricted...

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