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"This Lime Tree Bower My Prison" By Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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OverviewThe poem is a celebration of the power of perception and thoroughly explores the subjects of nature, man and God. Coleridge addresses the poem specifically to his friend Charles Lamb and in doing so demonstrates the power of the imagination to achieve mental, spiritual and emotional freedom. The poet is expresses his feelings of constraint and confinement as a result of being stuck physically in the city and communicates the ability of the imagination to escape to a world of spiritual and emotional freedom, a place in the country. He is able to trace their journey through dell, plains, hills, meadows, sea and islands. This imaginative journey allows Coleridge to escape all aspects of mental, spiritual and physical confinement and he is able to rise up above his earthbound restrictions and 'mentally walk alongside them'. Coleridge is able to change initial perspective from seeing the Lime Tree Bower as a symbol of confinement and is able to move on and realize that the tree should be viewed as an object of great beauty and pleasure.Coleridge moves on to explain the power of nature to heal and the power of the imagination to seek comfort, refine the best aspects of situations and access the better part of life. Hecommunicates that imagination is one of the defining accomplishments of man that allows men to construct artworks, that is, poetry. Therefore Coleridge is able to explore imagination as a defining characteristic separating man and beast. Through this realization he is able toconclude that the confined beauty of the Lime Tree Bower is similar to the confined beauty of nature as a whole. The conclusion of his imaginative journey demonstrates Coleridge'srealization that he is able to get more pleasure from a contemplative journey than a physicaljourney ever would have allowed.Technical analysisThe poem begins on an inviting note with "well" being the first word. This contains an invitingsense of welcome and encourages the reader to feel comfortable and read on in order to joinColeridge on his journey. Coleridge uses a hyperbolic claim in the first verse "Friends, whom Imay never see again", in order to communicate his initial sense of melodrama and self pity, thishelps the audience identify with Coleridge and demonstrates the original negative outlookColeridge possesses in relation to his physical confinement. The first verse uses a series ofenjambed lines in order to communicate his sense of frustration and anger. We are able to see Coleridge's change when words with positive connotations such as "gladness" are used and allow the establishment of a more positive atmosphere. "Gladness" is used repetitively as a symbol of change and allows the reader to connect with Coleridge's new perspective.His use of Onamatapia, "roaring", appeals to the senses in an attempt to connect the reader to the poem through the use of sound. He appeals to the visual senses through his description of "Speckled mid-day sun" to effectively portray his country...

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