The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

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Readers are taken on an extraordinary journey at the sea with no land in sight. The vessel aboard the open water symbolizes Coleridge’s train of imagination far away from the realisms of life. The albatross was initially considered a good luck charm because he once led the ship to safety from the icy antarctic water. So after the mariner kills the albatross, the crew is scared as they are convinced the crime will solely result in penalty by the power of the sea. The crew is clearly proven correct, as spirits and supernatural forces take over the ship. Besides running out of water, the crew becomes even more doomed when they decide to compensate for the crime by forcing the mariner to wear the dead albatross around his neck. The sea soon …show more content…
As the story initially begins with the mariner narrating the story to the wedding guests, his need to confess is completely understandable. By forcing others to listen to him, the mariner regains some of that human traits that his crime has stolen from him. Much of the beauty of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” comes from its dark and serious vibe. The merge of several themes responded to Coleridge’s own complex vision of existence. A journey of self-discovery, the poem teases concepts and possibilities beyond its instant subject. “A spring of love gusht from my heart.” the mariner feels somewhat obligated to repeat his story for the benefit of others which is in itself a further …show more content…
H. Abrams distinguishes theories of art and criticism in terms of whether and how they privilege one or more terms. Abrams, an American literary critic, was convinced that nothing exists other than the universe, text, author and audience literature and literary criticism. Any form of theory must fit into one of four categories: mimetic, pragmatic, expressive and objective. Despite the complexity and organic nature of such an area, Abrams explicitly explains the differences and similarities of all critical theories. The complexity of Coleridge's theoretical ideas leads to the complexity of his poetry. It is impossible to name one form of criticism that could sum him up entirely, because ultimately he is working with a large number of weighty concepts. This is why his poetry is still read and analyzed. Because readers can look at the poems of Coleridge in a large variety of ways, they are constantly finding new

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