Coleridge the rime of the ancient mariner analysis

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Quotes by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Rime of the Ancient Mariner, parts 1-4 (Analysis & Interpretation)

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Summary and Critical Analysis

Coleridge The medieval oral ballads give a sense of reality to the supernatural and therefore Coleridge took up this form of poetry with great interest. The present ballad has all the elements that typical ballads should have: a vivid story, dramatic action, verbal music, a scenic setting, a unifying element of feeling, moral, and mystery. It ends with the lifelong punishment of its main character for the violation of the law binding human beings with the invisible beings of the nature. This ballad has the oral quality of typical folk ballads. It is a short narrative poem with dramatic elements like dialogue, quick and unexpected development of action, tension and a dramatic end.

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Three young men are walking together to a wedding, when one of them is detained by a grizzled old sailor. The young Wedding-Guest angrily demands that the Mariner let go of him, and the Mariner obeys. The Mariner recalls that the voyage quickly darkened, as a giant storm rose up in the sea and chased the ship southward. But then the sailors encountered an Albatross, a great sea bird. As it flew around the ship, the ice cracked and split, and a wind from the south propelled the ship out of the frigid regions, into a foggy stretch of water. The Albatross followed behind it, a symbol of good luck to the sailors. At first, the other sailors were furious with the Mariner for having killed the bird that made the breezes blow.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner i s a lyrical ballad i. The ballad is a narrative song-poem, usually relating a single, dramatic incident or story, in a form suitable for singing or rhythmical chanting. Folk ballads often have sudden dramatic beginnings, are written in the form of a dialogue usually between the narrator and the listeners as well as between characters. The language is simple but there is plenty of repetition and use of archaic words. There is sudden change of action besides music and rhythm. The poem contains all these characteristics.


  1. Priscilla M. says:

    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

  2. Georgia C. says:

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge was a British Romantic poet who was a major voice in the Romantic movement along with his contemporary, William Wordsworth.

  3. Sungbatavhie says:

    Coleridge’s Poetry Summary. But the young man is transfixed by the ancient Mariner’s “glittering eye” and can do nothing but sit on a stone and listen to his strange tale. The Mariner confesses that he shot and killed the Albatross with his crossbow.

  4. Saville B. says:

    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Analysis

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