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Desolation And Alienation In Coleridge's 'Frost At Midnight'

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The poets of the Romantic period, not so estranged from the idea of isolation or alienation, were accustomed to such a life style despite their established names. A good deal of Romantic poetry centered on this general theme, whether it be isolation from nature, religion, or human-ity. Coleridge’s “Frost at Midnight” features a speaker who experiences a deep association with separation and deprivation from humanity and, especially, nature, with which he correlates his disconnect from religion. Lord Byron’s “Darkness”, evokes imagery of hopelessness, desertion, and utter desolation. When compared, these poems explore the contrasting forms of alienation as they affect their overall tone, their main issues seeking resolution and whether or not a solu-tion is obtained, and the significant contributions to the development of this theme. “Frost at Midnight” by begins with a relatively clear declaration that even the frost is a stranger to the speaker and leaves him secluded as it “secretly” climbs the window. This is the first of many contributions towards the theme of isolation. Coleridge chooses frost to open the scene with which, immediately, creates a cold sensation that many associate with loneliness and depression. Describing the frost as “secret” creates the illusion that the frost is hiding from the speaker. “The inmates of my cottage, all at rest,/ Have left me to that solitude…”(lines 4-5). These next couple of lines render him physically alone as everyone in the
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