Of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 'This Lime Tree Bower My Prison'?

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge viewed the world in a different light than his peers. He was known as one of the greatest poets of the Romantic Period, but he had a hard, troubled life and this was reflected in his poems. Most of his poems were not only made to indulge the reader, but to make the reader think. His poems were much deeper than just their literal meaning. They invited the reader into Coleridge’s heart and mind. In doing so, the reader learned a different way to view the world and what Coleridge felt. Many of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poems include intimate self-revelation of the poet by expressing emotions, thoughts, and using spirituality, such as is seen in “This Lime Tree Bower- my Prison” and “Dejection: An Ode”. Coleridge’s poems include intimate self-revelation of the poet such as is seen in “This Lime Tree Bower-My Prison” and “Dejection: An Ode” by expressing emotions. In the poem “Lime Tree Bower- My Prison”, Coleridge starts the poem by focusing on the garden of lime trees that he inhabits. Coleridge compares the lime tree garden to a prison. This makes him feel unhappy and feel as though he is suffering by not being able to go on the walk. But, then he begins to imagine what the walk would be like. Through his imagination, he is able to change his emotional state to a happier one. In doing so, Coleridge comes to a realize that the lime tree bower is not so bad and has its own beautiful sights when he comments, “This little lime-tree bower, have I not

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