Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Frost at Midnight (2866 words)

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It was to his poem “The Nightingale” that Coleridge gave the subtitle “A Conversation Poem” that would eventually be adopted for a whole genre. As well as meaning an “interchange of thoughts and words; familiar discourse and talk”, conversation means (quoting the OED) “the act of living or having one’s being in or among”, “the action of consorting with others; living together; commerce, society, intimacy”. Coleridge had found all of these things at Nether Stowey in Somerset in July 1797 when he gathered around him a set of intimate friends, new and old. There was Sara Coleridge, his wife, and their baby, Hartley Coleridge, born in September of the previous year. There was Tom Poole, …

Christie, William Henry. "Frost at Midnight". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 April 2008
[, accessed 20 March 2018.]

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