The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. An Ancient Mariner stops one (of three) on his way to a wedding. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
An Ancient Mariner stops one (of three) on his way to a wedding.
Many critics see the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” as an allegory of some kind of fall, like…
Sin, Punishment, Redemption…
Of Coleridge -
Of Lucifer -
Of Adam & Eve -
“witch’s oils, / …burnt green, and blue and white”
…cast into hell
“…slimy things …
“I shot the albatross”
Phantasmagoria! A shifting series or succession of things seen or imagined, as in a dream.
“…and I had done a hellish thing…”
“…the very deep did rot…”
“poetry gives most pleasure when only generally and not perfectly understood"
Many critics maintain, as Christopher Lamb does, that the ‘Ancient Mariner’ is a work of complete and pure imagination. As…
No single interpretation seems to fit the entire poem…
In essence, it is a very imaginative and unusual piece…
Gustav Doré’s Dark Etches…
The poem could be his way of fathoming his feelings.
The “strange power” of the Ancient Mariner, as his difficult feelings.
“mingled strangely with my fears”
“I know that man … must hear me” / “To him my tale I teach”
Hence, his sensitivity and saying that the poem should not be analyzed?
(“poetry gives most pleasure when only generally and not perfectly understood“)
“Instead of the cross, the Albatross/ About my neck was hung”
“I had killed the bird / That made the breeze to blow”
“Hailed it in God’s name”
“Crimson red like Gods own head”
Crew distanced from God
- “Hid in mist”
“blessed them unawares”
Some critics maintain that this ballad was an exploration, by Coleridge, into the science vs. spirituality debate:
There are many mysterious fantastical images, the “glittering eye” with its “strange power…”
the “polar spirits” and “seraph band…”
He was at a point in his life where he was more concerned with the rational than the empirical, this poem was an exploration of the former.
The Latin preface says, “Human cleverness has always sought knowledge of these things, never attained it.”