Imaginitive Journey (Coleridge and the Matrix) Analysis

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‘Every journey affects the traveller.’ Discuss how this statement, focusing on how composers of texts represent that concept of the journey. Refer to at least two poems and one related text. The effect of the journey on the traveller is a theme used by many composers in different texts to convey the process of change and changing self. The theme of journeys is very prominent in both of Coleridge’s poems This Lime Tree Bower My Prison and Frost and Midnight and the popular movie by the Wachowski Brothers, The Matrix. These texts show the power of the mind to speculate and change our views of ourselves and the world around us. The main theme common throughout these texts is that through ‘imaginative journey’ the traveller changes. Frost at Midnight is an imaginative journey that not only affects Coleridge’s immediate stream of consciousness but also takes him to his past which causes him to speculate about his future. The poem begins as Coleridge’s uncomfortably quiet surroundings are brought to attention. Coleridge tries to leave his physical body and enter his mind. He presents the concept of solitude and peacefulness with his wandering and reminiscent mind. He wants us to understand his boredom with the monotony of his life and his longing for escape. There is a close link between his past and present and as he was deprived of nature as a child and longed for it during his school days. Coleridge uses the boredom of his present to bring back the memories of his past and thus triggers the conversational to his child about the future. When he addresses the child, he tells him that he will not be deprived of nature and will be able to venture out of the city. Coleridge opens the poem Frost at Midnight by using personification to introduce his reader to his belief in the divinity of nature. ‘The Frost performs its secret ministry’, shows that nature is regarded as an important force and is emphasised by his use of capital letters for the noun. Coleridge achieves a...
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