Sonnet to the River Otter

A Poem by Taylor Coleridge

Longing for Childhood Happiness

'Sonnet to the River Otter' is a poem dedicated to reminiscing on the memory of a childhood that has already passed. The unnamed speaker in this sonnet describes a river where the speaker spent the majority of their time as a child. The speaker reminisces of time when they were carefree and spent the day admiring this "gleaming" river.
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"Lone manhood's cares, yet waking fondest sighs: Ah! that once more I were a careless child!"

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"What happy and what mournful hours"

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"Sink the sweet scenes of childhood, that mine eyes I never shut amid the sunny ray"