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In "Frost at Midnight", why are Coleridge's thoughts not just mere musings? As a romantic poet, Coleridge explores man's relationship with nature and the effects of imagination

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In "Frost at Midnight", why are Coleridge's thoughts not just mere musings? As a romantic poet, Coleridge explores man's relationship with nature and the effects of imagination on the human mind, but some of his ideas are more individual to himself. "Frost at Midnight" relies on a highly personal idiom to express its central themes. It not only states the author's thoughts, but also his concerns and his hopes towards the world and towards his son. Coleridge conveys his concerns to the reader from early in the poem. 'The frost performs its silent ministry.' The word "performs" subtly implies that the action has to be done, yet done in a solitary and lonely way. Also the word ministry has connotations of religious healing. ...read more.

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He wishes his child to enjoy what he was deprived of when he was a kid. He wants his son to 'wander like a breeze'. The juxtaposition of the dim city and the light freedom provides a very sharp contrast. The thou in 'but thou my babe' is italized further to add to the contrast by Coleridge's emphasis that his child will be different from him. Coleridge was taught by a 'stern preceptor', but he feels that this is not enough and wants God, the 'great universal teacher' to teach the 'eternal language' to his son so that god can 'make it ask'. This shows the close relationship between Coleridge and his son and how his mere musings have turned into the imagined future of his son entwined with nature. ...read more.

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He also tells the reader that in nature, even the small things are noticed and appreciated. 'Smoke in the sun-thaw...heard only in the trances of the blast.' And that God created 'himself in all, and all things in himself.' "Frost at Midnight' is a well thought out poem and takes into account of all of Coleridge's concerns for mankind and to himself. Coleridge knows he cannot change everything, as he is only one man, 'frost shall hang them in icicles, quietly shining to the quiet moon.' He is just a solitary poet, signified in the letter I's in the last 3 lines of the poem. He is 'quietly' whispering to us through this poem and is 'secretly ministering' what he wants to achieve. Written By Victor Li ...read more.

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