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The Truth of Imagination

Welcome to a page dedicated to poetry from the past 200 years and to poet John Keats. Snippets of information on poetic lives, quotes and art to reflect the role of verse in our fast paced 21st century world. Suzie Grogan is a freelance writer and researcher who writes on literature, social history and health issues. Contact Suzie @keatsbabe on Twitter and visit her at
Oct 6 '11

Frost at Midnight, read by Nigel Planer. One of the greatest of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s ‘conversation’ poems.

Addressed to his son, Hartley, it expresses the hope that he will be able to experience a life connected to nature. Imagery redolent with the sublime sights and sounds of the Lake District contrasts with the restricted London and school life of Coleridge himself as he recognizes his loneliness as a child and looks to nature as a comforter.

I love the lines:


..whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,

Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon

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