“Past and Present” is a work by Thomas Carlyle that combines medieval history with criticism of 19th-century British society. Carlyle wrote it as a response to the social and economic challenges of his time. Read More English Summaries.
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Past and Present Summary in English
The poet remembers his house where the pretty flowers blossomed. The robin built its nest in the lilacs. The laburnum tree, which his brother set is still there.The poet used to swing. The fresh air, the summer pools and the very tall fir trees gladdened his spirit. He was ignored in childhood. His spirit no longer finds heavenly atmosphere there.