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In Samuel Taylor Coleridges poem Frost At Midnight the speaker starts off the poem in the present time pondering over the secret ministry of the frost He is noticing how quiet and peaceful it is as he sits with his infant son However it is only calm on the surface since amidst the speakers solitude there are all of the numberless goings-on of life like the cry of the owl the populous village and the Sea hill and wood But like all of the goings-on of life the speaker is not calm like his immediate surroundings Actually for him the tranquility disturbs and vexes meditation It is so still out that it sets the speakers mind off to thinking back on his life He cannot relate to all of the commotion that is occurring somewhere someplace since it is as Inaudible of dreams But then he notices his fire and the film that like the speaker is restless in all of the quietness that surrounds him He finds the film to be a companionable form in the quiet that has encompassed him The fluttering film makes a toy of Thought which takes the speaker back into his pastIn the second stanza the speaker recollects his past when he was younger and away in school Similar to him watching the fluttering film in the first stanza the speaker remembers as a schoolboy how he gazed upon the bars To watch the fluttering stranger He describes both the film and the stranger as fluttering Then the speaker moves even further in his past to recall how while at school he dreamt of his birthplace many times The speaker regresses from the past when he was at school to even further in the past to his birthplace He remembers the sound of the bells the poor mans only music The bells haunted the speaker and but they also reminded him of the things that would happen
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