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This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison

This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison Man and the Natural World Quotes

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Quote #1

No plot so narrow, be but Nature there No waste so vacant, but may well employ Each faculty of sense, and keep the heart Awake to Love and Beauty! (63-66)


A modern-day microbiologist would be proud of Coleridge's thoughts here. We have an easy time appreciating natural beauty when it takes grand and dramatic forms: blazing sunsets, towering mountains, crashing waves; but less so when it comes to the details: the structure of plants, the color of light passing through leaves, the composition of soil. It all depends on perspective.

Quote #2

and had a charm For thee, my gentle-hearted Charles, to whom No sound is dissonant which tells of Life. (76-78)


The bird carries a little good luck charm that it sprinkles on Charles's gentle little head. Or at least so the speaker imagines. The bird's linear travel becomes a pretext for drawing a symbolic line between the speaker and his friend. The poem ends on the simple but universal message that nature connects all things.

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