English - Alternating images
What images does Coleridge juxtapose throughout the poem?
Alternating images of light and dark dominate this poem and correspond to
the poet's moods of grief and joy. From the imagined blindness of the
opening lines to the "speckling" of this section, the poet's imagination
proceeds to imagining his friends beholding a wide panoramic vision as they
emerge from the dell. From the minute description to the wide panorama is
the next movement in the systolic rhythm
' Now, my friends emerge
BENEATH THE WIDE WIDE HEAVEN - AND VIEW AGAIN
The many-steepled tract magnificent
OF HILLY FIELDS AND MEADOWS, AND THE SEA...' (ll.20-23)
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