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The imagery of life and death as exemplified by Life Twilight byCaroline Spencer seems to be a celebration of the joys that comes withthe passing from youth into old age In sharp contrast Youth of Ageby Samuel Taylor Coleridge paints a dreadful and self pitting image ofaging Although both poems uses dramatic imagery of nature andpersonification to describe the passage of time yet each poem takes aunique and different stance on the subjectCaroline Spencer in Life Twilight tells about the pains of youthshe writes Youth with tortured exquisite called joy double-edgedsword a sword blunder side is grief Spencer 18-20 These lines showhow the young do not know how to enjoy life that the joy itself isablunder and a torture Spencer 20 The passion of youth makesa person blind to the good things around them On the other hand in theyouth of age Coleridge writes O you For years so many and sweet isknown that Thou and I were one I think it but a fun conceit- itcannot be that Thou art gone Coleridge 25- 28 Coleridge posts ownerlooks back on his youth as sweet and that the injustice of age hasrobbed him of that passion He thinks life has played a cruel joke onhim to take the Sweet Coleridge 25 joys of life away from himIn Youth of Age in contrast to Lifes Twilight deals with thephysical changes of old age by saying I see these locks in silverslips This drooping got this altered size But Spring-tide blossoms onthy lipsAnd tears take sunshine from thine eyes Coleridge 33-36Coleridge persona talk about his hair changing color to old and greythe time cracking his lips and the color faded from his eyes The painof his words are felt as he can see nothing but his life is ThoughColeridge 37 Spencer on the other hand explains That snaps shouldfail and leave should drop And have the life pulse stopEre the treesfall is sad you say Nay now-- one
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