English - Introduction
Click on GO and read the extract as you watch and listen to the opening
lines of Coleridge's _Frost at Midnight:_
The Frost performs its secret ministry,
Unhelped by any wind. The owlet's cry
Came loud-and hark, again! Loud as before.
THE INMATES OF MY COTTAGE, ALL REST, HAVE LEFT ME TO THAT SOLITUDE, WHICH
Abstruser musings : save that at my side
My cradled infant slumbers peacefully,
Tis calm indeed ! so calm, that it disturbs
And vexes meditation with its strange
AND EXTREME SILENTNESS
_Frost at Midnight_ is one of Coleridge's most famous Conversation poems.
In it, through musing on some childhood memories set off by the quiet
within his cottage, Coleridge partly muses on those psychological states
that produce poetry.
The following analysis takes you carefully through the poem. As you read
it, think about how it is like the other Conversation poems, both in its:
structures, including the movement of Coleridge's consciousness.
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