The frost performs its secret ministry samuel taylor coleridge is the premier poet critic of modern english tradition distinguished for the scope and influence of his thinking about literature as much as for his innovative verse. Frost at midnight is a poem by samuel taylor coleridge written in february 1798 part of the conversation poems the poem discusses coleridges childhood experience in a negative manner and emphasizes the need to be raised in the countryside. People often think that frost at midnight is the best of coleridges conversation poems in essence the conversation poems were poems that took the form of well conversations actually monologues no surprise there. Frost at midnight summary as the frost performs its secret ministry in the windless night an owlets cry twice pierces the silence the inmates of the speakers cottage are all asleep and the speaker sits alone solitary except for the cradled infant sleeping by his side. Frost at midnight the text of this poem is taken from the poems of samuel taylor coleridge ed ernest hartley coleridge london oxford up 1935 240 242 first published in a quarto pamphlet in 1798
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