Explain How Coleridge Uses Imagery and Symbolism to Engage the Reader's Interest in His Poem

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Explore how Colridge uses imagery and symbolism to engage the reader’s interest, in his poem, “Frost at Midnight.” Coleridge uses imagery to engage the reader’s interest in his poem by using a sense of mysticism and control and freedom and also using a conversational tempo, which would make the reader’s feel like he talking to them and relating to the readers. “ The frost performs its secret ministry, unhelped by the any wind. The owlets cry.” The use of “Frost” gives the poem a sense of a supernatural effect and a perception of some other reality and a sense of surrealism. It makes the readers feel they are in another world. Coleridge give the Frost life and says it is a “secret ministry”, as if it is providing a service, which beauty and magical. It seems like he’s using escapism, to try and get the readers out of the natural world. The word “ministry” is a religious connotation and it seems like God is revealing himself through the beauty of frost. Coleridge tells us his about his childhood and creates a scenario, when he was at school. He uses imagery that makes the reader realise how much he hated school. He says “Have I gaze upon the bars, to watch that fluttering stranger.” He talks as if he is prison and is waiting for someone to rescue him, or get him out of there and only dreaming can overcome this. He starts dreaming about his birthplace. He seems to remember the sound of the bell from the old church tower, and calls it “ the poor man’s only music.” This symbolizes to the readers that this was what created a sense of comfort to him and he remembered the good things about his hometown. He was borderline between being awake and falling asleep. “Fixed with my mock study on my swimming book: save if the door half opened.” Coleridge contrasts his birthplace and the city, the setting for his school. He describes the city as “ pent mid cloister dim”,
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