i need explanation of these linesThe Frost performs its secret ministry,Unhelped by any wind. The owlet's cryCame loud, -and hark, again! loud as before.The inmates of my cottage, all at rest,Have...

i need explanation of these lines

The Frost performs its secret ministry,
Unhelped by any wind. The owlet's cry
Came loud, -and hark, again! loud as before.
The inmates of my cottage, all at rest,
Have left me to that solitude, which suits
Abstruser musings: save that at my side
My cradled infant slumbers peacefully.

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The speaker in "Frost at Midnight" is awake in the night while everyone else in the house ("the inmates of my cottage") are sleeping. As the speaker enjoys the quiet and calm of this time, s/he observes the frost appearing outside and hears an owl hooting in the distance. All is peaceful - even the baby is quietly asleep in it's cradle.

We don't know why the speaker is awake - it's not windy or stormy outside. Apparently s/he is simply too involved in his/her thoughts to be able to sleep. "Abstruse" can be defined as meaning "not easy to understand." The speaker appears to be grateful to have time without the bustle of family activities in which s/he can think about the topics that don't get attention during busier times of the day.

 

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