Romantic Poets. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. First poem in the collection Lyrical Ballads (1798) Imitates earlier ballads in style But uses supernatural and gothic imagery to introduce the element of romance Tale of crime and punishment.
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Opening lines: an old sailor stops 3 men who are on the way to a wedding. He chooses one of the men to whom he tells his story.
The man is the bridegroom’s closest relative but he is not able to break away from the mariner
And a little later