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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The mariner as text The ballad-measure: a fictitious speaker beings his rime by story telling that the poem ’ s constitution is give from the mariner ’ s “ discourse. ”

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the rime of the ancient mariner
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

The mariner as text

  • The ballad-measure: a fictitious speaker beings his rime by story telling that the poem’s constitution is give from the mariner’s “discourse.”
  • The discourse between mariner and wedding guest: a set of codes of enigma rising with the proceeding storyline:

“who is the mariner?”“what is the story about?”

  • Whenever the mariner repeats his story, the poem is dealing with reconstitution of the mariner’s identity within the discourse that produce meanings.
the vision of sea
The Vision of Sea

The first imprisonment: a sea of ice

  • The crew at the first time encounter the malice of nature operating as a prison.

The mariner: on less than a member of human community

  • The imprisonment is temporal; Albatross frees the ship.

The second imprisonment: a silent sea

  • Visionary elements: physical  psychological imprisonment

“a painted ship in the painted sea”

  • The splitting of the mariner: the poem now is dealing with the fate of a individual human being.

 Albatross hanging on the mariner’s neck

the vision of sea outcast hero
The Vision of Sea: Outcast Hero

Shooting Albatross: the gratuitous act

  • This motiveless act heightens a sense of identity:

“motive has no concern; the person who performs it matters”

 the mariner apart from his crew

  • The motiveless malevolence positions mariner in the genealogy of literary figures: Shakespeare’s Iago, Milton’s Satan . . .

 a wanderer, a man with chain, a rule breaker

  • In the pure but emptied act, the mariner is deprived of his “guilt,” the pure crime of a pure murderer.

“The mariner is a killer”“The mariner is a outcast”

the vision of sea crucifixion
The Vision of Sea: Crucifixion
  • The mariner: a victim as Albatross

The prison works in concert with Albatross whose blood reddened the sea.

 “The bloody sun” “water…still and awful red”

 The mariner “bit my arm, I sucked the blood”

  • The mariner: embodiment of crucifixion

Albatross on the mariner’s neck as Jesus on the cross

 Albatross: a holy bird, an “Christian Soul”

 Mariner: a container, a presence of crucifixion

the vision of ship
The Vision of Ship

Transfiguration of a Spectre-Bark

  • Mariner’s ship: a second-scale prison

“the painted ship in the painted sea”

  • The Spectre-bark: a dungeon with fire

“ . . . was flecked with bars”“a dungeon-grate he peered”

 mariner’s ship coincides the spectre-bark

Transfiguration of Life-in-Death

  • Mariner: Life-in-Death

mariner turns to be Life-in-Death, a emptied self

 human body (Life-in-Death) as prison-measure

reconstitution of the mariner
Reconstitution of the Mariner
  • The Steps in the Two visions

The silent sea:

mariner outcast  container

The spectre-bark:

prisoner repressed imprisoned body

  • The mariner as text

The mariner “does not act but is continually acted upon.”

The mariner as no-self, functional means to connect acts and things in the fluid dissolve of imagination