Great Memory

Topics: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Mary Shelley, England Pages: 4 (1513 words) Published: December 4, 2013
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Great Memory 2

“Memory…is the diary that we all carry about with us” is a quote by Oscar Wilde that in my personal opinion describes memory pretty well. Memory is something that people carry with them all the time. It is a powerful thing and something that most people never want to lose. In some cases memories can be of something good or they can also be a bad memory. It all depends on how you want to remember it. Samuel Taylor Coleridge talks about memory in one of his poems he wrote called “Frost at Midnight.” Also there is talk about memory in “Ode to the West Wind” written by Percy Bysshe Shelly. Both of these poems show how the authors are using their memories to write the pomes. Both writers talk about a memory they have and they tell a story using it. Coleridge talks about how he feels now and reflects to how he felt as a child while raising his own child. Shelly talks about how he wishes he felt different now and how he wants to feel like he did when he was young. Both authors I think are sort of depressed. In their poems the tone is kind of melancholy and sad. In “Frost at Midnight” it is winter time hence the name. And in the winter is when he feels lonelier. The author lives in a cottage and it is very late at night. In the poem he talks about it being so quite. In the poem he says “The inmates of my cottage, all at rest. Have left me to that solitude, which suits abstract musings: save that at my side my cradled infant slumbers peacefully” (as cited in Damrosch, 2004, p. 344). Everyone is asleep even his child is sound asleep; he is the only one up. And he is starting to feel lonely with all the stillness. The only other thing that is...

References: Damrosch, D. (Ed). (2004). The Longman anthology of British literature (2nd compact ed., Vol B).
New York: Pearson.
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