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An Imaginative Journey Leaning Self Reflection. Involves The Two Texts "This Lime Tree Bower My Prison" By Coleridge And The Front Page Of The Mercury Weekender "Journey To The Unknown"

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An imaginative journey can be a way of expression to escape the confines of reality in order to create a frame of mind that could not otherwise be described within the limitations of the responders life experiences. Instead, taking an individual on a journey that does not physically involve the human senses, though through effective manipulation of a text with the appropriate imagery and techniques can often appeal to the senses. This creates a bridge between the unreal and often unaccepted and the underlying wisdom that it is trying to provoke. This new found wisdom is the catalyst for a change in perspectives and is ultimately the result of a journey, as things were not as they once were. The experience was different to the norm of the individuals life experience as a journey can often be seen as a relative idea depending on how it is perceived. This is a new found idea for myself as during a class discussion we were defining similes of the word journey and discovered that often words at first seem to mean the same thing, but looking into them on a deeper level I found often have different allusions about what they actually involve like in the case of a trip and a trek where the trek has connotations of more adversities. This helped me to speculate about this idea and understand and grasp the concept of a journey through my own resolution which was that a journey must involve some sort of change from the norm in the view of an individual."This Lime Tree Bower My Prison" is a Conversational poem text type composed by Coleridge. The persona is left behind while his friends go for a walk in the country. As Coleridge sits beneath a lime-tree bower the negative and sulky tone shows that he is morose and frustrated at being left behind. Disappointed and glum he sits beneath the lime tree bower and describes the prison that surrounds him. Jealous of his friends' experience, he begins to imagine the journey they are undertaking as they 'wander in gladness' and 'wind' their way down into a 'roaring dell'. By imagining the walk in the wilderness and the natural beauties that his friends are experiencing, he is able to take the journey with them. The persona becomes so ecstatic about the sights they would be seeing that he almost forgets he is not there himself. This shows the journey that the composer went on resulting in the change of perspectives to the contentment of not being able to take the walk with his friends and instead to sit and speculate about what the journey would be like. The composer takes the responder on a journey to express the environment and experiences within his own imagination. The responder has a vicarious pleasure from experiencing the walk with Coleridge’s friends.The second text is a visual text and is the front page of the mercury weekender. The picture was created skillfully, to entice the audiences attention and promote the article inside the newspaper. It was manipulated to allow the responder to go on an imaginative...

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