“The Imagination of Nature, Through it the Tells of Life”

analytical Essay
1873 words
1873 words

In his poem This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison, Samuel Taylor Coleridge explicates how humans can always find beauty near themselves, even in the least futile of places. Coleridge, a man of twenty five years at the time he wrote this poem, added This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison to his collection of The Conversation Poems (Hill). In the summer of 1797, when he wrote this, he addressed the poem to a friend of his, Charles Lamb, the essayist, and while they departed, Coleridge wrote him this poem in the garden, for he had been hindered from walking by a misfortunate accident earlier in the day. This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison contains three stanzas which hold seventy eight lines.

Coleridge uses a simple conversation to start his poem, one without defamiliarization, “Well, they are all gone, and here must I remain, This lime-tree bower my prison!” (Coleridge). The simple introduction to the first stanza produces a perturbed tone towards his poem. He seems frustrated at the fact that he is unable to travel with his cohorts, as if he is literally locked in a prison. His short stab at the setting tells us of the bower, “a shelter (as in garden) made with tree boughs or vines twined together” (Merriam-Webster 3), consisting of lime trees. He reverses the meaning of bower as being easeful to a confinement, using “prison” (Coleridge) as his metaphor to his feeling of restraint. The hyperbole of a beautiful garden becoming a prison, the speaker wants for his audience to have pity towards him. He is feeling sorry for himself, becoming submissive to his feelings throughout the rest of the poem.

In the following lines, Coleridge sees himself as becoming blind as he gets older. He feels that because he did not go on the walk with his friends, he w...

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In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes coleridge's use of deeper understanding to simple words, defamiliarization, and alliteration in "on springy heath" and "the many-steepled."
  • Analyzes how samuel taylor coleridge's poem, this lime-tree bower my prison, explains how humans can always find beauty near themselves, even in the least futile of places.
  • Analyzes how coleridge's iambic pentameter is irregular throughout the poem, and the organization pattern is a narrative.
  • Analyzes how coleridge's tone changes from pessimistic to sensitive towards charles' time of pain. he shows the protective side of himself and wants the best for his friends.
  • Analyzes how coleridge shows the connection between the landscape and a body, which is "less gross", meaning less solid. the hyperbole in "transparent foliage" shows that charles can find painful sights in nature and turn them into beautiful marvels.
  • Describes samuel coleridge's "this lime-tree bower my prison." poetry foundation, 2011.
  • Explains benzon, bill, and schmoop university's "this lime-tree bower, my prison."
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