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Amy Sexton 01/28/08 English 216 Chris McVey The Rime of the Ancient Mariner The warning that the epigraph of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” offers is that one must allow themselves to day dream and brainstorm to keep life interesting, but one must never allow themselves to only day dream. A person that only day dreams may have trouble keeping their feet on the ground and, therefore, have trouble discerning between the “certain and uncertain”. The epigraph mentions that day dreaming and brainstorming can help make everyday trivial matters seem less important for the moment. The warning then begins, proclaiming one must be grounded in order to deal with the aspects of life, not always have their ‘heads up in the clouds’. Coleridge relates the epigraph to the poem in general with this idea of ‘invisible
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Unformatted text preview: nature’. When Coleridge describes the ship moving south, he personifies the wind. “And now the Storm-blast came, and he/Was tyrannous and strong:/He struck with his o’ertaking wings,/And chased us south along.” (Lines 41-44) This gives the reader a first hand glance at the idea of ‘invisible nature’ and its capabilities. He continues to personify nature and its qualities throughout “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. Coleridge’s emphasis on imagination is based on the ‘invisible nature’. “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” holds many ideas of a nature with human-like qualities. His images represent the day dreaming side of the imagination. Even though his poem can represent Christian guilt and redemption, looking at the imagination side, it speaks from day dreaming....
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