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Frost at Midnight Summary & Analysis
by Samuel Coleridge

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"Frost at Midnight," originally published in 1798, is generally considered one of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's best conversation poems—a type of poem that Coleridge created in which a speaker mulls over different topics as if in conversation with the reader. In this poem, the speaker sits up late at night in a rural cottage, his infant sleeping by his side. The speaker thinks about his own youth before turning to his hopes for his young child's future. Full of evocative natural imagery and religious meditations, the poem captures the gentle, drifting late-night thoughts of a parent.

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