The Rime of the Ancient Mariner | Study Guide

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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The Mariner, Part II ater, water, every where, / Nor any drop to drink. Sources: The British Library, Encyclopaedia Britannica Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc. The Sun & Moon Represent the opposing forces of the Mariner’s journey The Gaze Symbolizes the supernatural and communication without speech Albatross Stands for good luck or a bad omen in maritime lore Symbols Ghostly woman aboard the ship; wins the Mariner’s soul and keeps him alive Life-in-Death Young man on his way to a wedding; listens to the Mariner’s tale and is greatly changed Wedding Guest Sea bird the Mariner kills for no reason; represents the sin of killing an innocent creature Albatross Old sailor who drives the story; shoots the albatross and is punished by the supernatural Mariner Main Characters Coleridge was one of the founders of the Romantic movement in the 18th century. The Romantics valued natural speech, simple themes, the beauty of nature, emotion, and abstract thought. Coleridge was known as a poet of great imagination for his works “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and “Kubla Khan” (1816). SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE1722–1834 Author To atone for the albatross, the Mariner must stop a stranger and tell his tale. Penance Life-in-Death wins the Mariner’s soul—the crew dies but the Mariner lives on. Punishment The Mariner befriends the albatross but then shoots it with a crossbow. Sin On a sea voyage, a sailor kills an innocent albatross that has been following his ship. Taking this life has serious consequences for the sailor and his crew, whose journey grows difficult. The sailor’s life is seemingly derailed by just one instance of overconfidence. The Old Man & the Bird OVERVIEW English Original Language 1798 Year Published Samuel Taylor Coleridge Author The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Drama Poetry

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