"Frost At Midnight" By Coleridge Essay

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Overview"Frost at Midnight" is a reflective, conversational poem that is not only confined the thoughts of the present. Issues relating to past, present and the future are examined through Coleridge's persona and his contemplative thoughts on the importance of education, nature and imagination in the development of a complete person are explored. The physical settings are lightly touched on by Coleridge as his focus is not on place or action but on personality and the quality of imaginative thought. Coleridge invites the reader to join him on his journey that explores his immediate world as well as memories, observations and aspirations.The catalyst for the reflective journey is the ...view middle of the document...

Coleridge sees frost in a different light, in that he is able to appreciate it as a sign of comfort at solitude while mist see it s a cold and dark sign of winter. To Coleridge the frost protects and encloses him safely inside his hut and separates him from the harsh extremities of winter nights. "Frost performs its secret ministry", Coleridge uses secret ministry as it contains strong religious overtones, and we are able to see Coleridge viewing the frost as something able to educate the spirit about the true beauties of nature. His first direct reference to the nature outside his cottage is the "owlets cry" which breaks the silence of the setting and appeals to the reader's sense of sound. A comparison between the silence of the cottage inside and the loud, busy winter outside is created by his reference to the owl. As Coleridge continues to set the scene inside his use of assonance in "calm" and "slumber" appeal tot eh audiences sense of sound and help communicate the peace and tranquillity inside.Coleridge moves on to notice the flame flickering in front of him and this sole movement within the cottage is the catalyst for his imaginative journey. Coleridge uses repetition when he repeats "Sea hill and wood" to communicate that there is so much around him yet he can hear nothing. The repetition connects the reader with the persona helps to convey the solitude felt by him inside the cottage, surrounded by such extravagant wonders of nature. Coleridge repeatedly uses "fluttered" to communicate the manner at which the flame danced around the grate, this Onamatapia appeals the audience's sense of sound and helps Coleridge depict the similarities between the man and the fire. Both are feeling quiet and small, with something tiny and disturbing flickering around inside. A connection is developed between the two and a sense of sympathy is felt for both the persona and the flame.Moreover, Coleridge talks of the "bells" in the church towers, I order to portray...

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