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Alyssa Rubnitz English 216 September 8, 2009 Joshua Taft Language: Nature and Childhood As a commonly used symbol, nature is found in various pieces of literature. The effects of nature, however, differ throughout each work of art, reflecting the individual experience that nature has to offer. Uniquely, Samuel Taylor Coleridge implements nature into his poetry to describe how one can observe nature and reflect on the experience. In the third stanza of “Frost at Midnight,” he uses hopeful, free, and exuberant language to describe nature, conveying the narrator’s desire that his child be brought up among nature and in turn, grow and gain a better self-understanding. The overall structure of the stanza creates a mood of confident hopefulness, which mirrors the narrator’s tone in his desire for his child’s future. The poem is written in blank verse, meaning it lacks strict rhyme scheme and structure. Without specific structure, one reads the poem as a speech in which the narrator declares his wish. As a result, the narrator appears to speak in a confident and convincing tone. Furthermore, Coleridge implements numerous exclamation points ending sentences and within sentences as well. The exclamation points reflect the narrator’s cheerful mood as he thinks about nature, G-d, and his child. Coleridge also uses exclamation points in naming the subjects of his poem. He refers to his child as “my babe!” (54), and he calls G-d the “Great universal teacher!” (63), again illustrating the exuberance the narrator feels when thinking about such important aspects of his life. Moreover, the narrator carries the
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confident tone through to the very end of the stanza. As his ultimate desire, the narrator pronounces that G-d “shall mould thy spirit” (465). Instead of asking G-d to shape his
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