The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner Essay

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Eighteenth and nineteenth century literature, art, and music has a distinctive look as part of the Romantic period. In this period, the society was categorized by living in rural areas, people being very isolated, alone, and the appearance of the supernatural. A Handbook to Literature by Harmon and Holman states that this movement was known for the reaction in literature, philosophy art, religion, and politics. Harmon and Holman continue to say that the key parts to this period were sensibility, primitivism, love of nature; sympathetic interest in the past, especially the medieval, and individualism. These themes can be seen in the romantic literature of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and “Faust” by Goethe, in the characters as they experience isolation, supernatural and magic similar to the medieval, nature and emotion. One of the first themes that appears in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is the isolation of a one’s character. The Mariner, was on a ship with 200 men that slowly die off during their voyage across the sea, “Four time fifty living men… They dropped down one by one,/Their souls did from their bodies fly--“ (Coleridge, 11). This created an empty ship for the mariner, with only his thoughts to keep him occupied. He soon started talking to himself, “Alone, alone, all, all alone/ Alone on a wide, wide sea!/ And never a saint took pity on/ my soul in agony” (Coleridge 12). Already this is portraying a key…

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