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'Frost at Midnight' written by Coleridge.

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'Frost at Midnight' written by Coleridge is a poem which main romantic characteristics is about the importance of childhood. He reflects on his childhood whist looking after his son. In the first stanza Coleridge is looking into his fireplace and notices something blows out of the fireplace and 'which fluttered on the grate.' This instincts an unhappy memory for him, it is a childhood memory because it is at school and this is a characteristic of romanticism. In school the 'fluttering stranger' from the fire would fascinate him because it is a piece of nature, which he finds beautiful and thrilling. The second stanza is typical of romanticism because of the images described in the poem. 'With unclosed lids, already had I dreamt of my sweet birth-place, and the old church tower.' ...read more.


Whilst thinking about when he went to school in the city he is thinking about his son and hopes that he 'Shalt thou see and hear the lovely shapes and sound intelligible of that eternal language, which thy God utters.' Coleridge wishes that his son may witness and love nature as much as he does. By calling nature the eternal language that God utters he is bringing another link with nature and God. 'Eternal language' means that nature will be always be something, which will always be spoken about and understood. 'Eternal language, which thy God utters' is emphasising that nature is a major part of God and that in order to be as powerful as God you need to give out orders by talking, and by talking he is allowing nature to grow. ...read more.


How does Coleridge envision that life for his young son will be different from the childhood he describes here? --Does this vision parallel his perspective of nature in "France: an Ode?" In "Frost at Midnight" Coleridge takes the reader on a journey. He passes through reality as an anxious parent, back to his lonely schooldays and forward to his sense of hopefulness about the world that his child will experience. Again, the beauty of nature follows the Romantic theme. Coleridge initially describes his own childhood in the city, where the old church tower and the music from the bells "haunted him with a wild pleasure". However, he tells his "Babe" that he hopes he will grow up to experience "the lovely shapes and sounds of nature". Again in Romantic style, Coleridge emphasizes a religious link between the beauty of nature and "the Great Universal Teacher", He concludes, by describing all the seasons in the future and finally returns to his present situation and "the shining to the quiet moon". ...read more.

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