"Frost at Midnight" by Samuel Coleridge and "The City of Invention" by Fay Weldon Comparison

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The imaginative journey is one in which we escape reality and are invited to acknowledge a new reality within the realms of the imagination. These journeys offer change and discovery providing insight into one’s past, present and future. They can have a great impact on the way we see our world and can change our perspectives. “Frost at Midnight” by Samuel Coleridge and “The City of Invention” by Fay Weldon both take the reader on a journey through time. Coleridge presents us with the narrator’s childhood life. He reflects back on his school days and describes his feeling of being locked down in “the great city, pent”. Weldon on the other hand creates a lively open city, built over time by the many literacy works in the world. He believes that the imagination is unrestricted in any way or form.

“Frost at Midnight” begins with an emphasis of the narrator’s isolation and solitude.

The first line “The frost performs its secret ministry” has an uneasy tone to it which creates a mysterious atmosphere. This uneasy feeling is further amplified with the use of “with its strange and extreme silentness”. From the first stanza of the poem, we learn that the narrator is alone and in a still and silent environment. Sound is introduced when “the owlet’s cry came loud – and hark, again!” All is quiet, and the calmness makes it a perfect time for the speaker to think without interruptions. It provokes his mind to wander away into the past.

“The City of Invention” is a direct contrast of “Frost at Midnight”. The author believes our imagination is like a city, built by the authors and poets who fill our minds with images. This city “glances with life and gossip, and colour, and...