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  1. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner An introduction to Romantic lyrical poetry

  2. SamuelTaylorColeridge: (1772-1834) Grew up in Devonshire Known as one of the founding authors of Romantic poetry Close friends with Wordsworth Suffered from rheumatic pains, becamse addicted to opium; ended up needing to seek treatment of a doctor Died in London in July, 1834, recognized as a literary master

  3. Romantic poetry • Emerged in the mid to late 18th century as a reaction against Enlightenment thinking • Romantics favor the natural and personal, but still value structure, meter • “The spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” – Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads (1789) • Coleridge and Wordsworth’s text considered to be the first major work of the Romantic school • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is one of the last poems in the text

  4. Lyrical poetry • Poetry which expresses personal or emotional feelings • Dates from the classical world (Aristotle, Poetics) as a form of poetry usually accompanied by a lyre • All forms of lyric poetry are connected by a metrical repetition for more than one stanza • In modern poetry, most common form is sonnet; form also includes ballads, villanelles, odes • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a ballad (tells a story) and is written in alternating iambic tetrameter (four feet per line) and iambic trimeter (three feet)

  5. What to look for in TROTAM: • Descriptions of characters, settings • Changes in characters, settings • Animals • Interactions with other characters • Role of the spiritual world • Colors

  6. SOAPStone: A guide for poetry • S = speaker (the voice who tells the story) • O = occasion (time and place; what prompted writing) • A = audience (group of readers to whom piece is directed) • P = purpose (Reason behind the text) • S = structure (poetic elements) • Tone = attitude of the author