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explain the 3rd and 4th part of the poem the rime of ancient mariner

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sambrina | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 10, 2012 at 1:34 PM via web

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explain the 3rd and 4th part of the poem the rime of ancient mariner

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poonamvalera | College Teacher | Honors

Posted February 24, 2012 at 3:24 PM (Answer #1)

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The events that occur within Part the Third utilize the supernatural as the medium for Romanticism. The mysterious, morbid ship that confronts the Mariner’s crew is spoken in diction that reflects a mortal versus an immortal confrontation; “The Night-mare LIFE-IN-DEATH was she / Who thicks mans blood with cold.” This conflict embraces Romanticism in the idea of the spirit, for the avengement of the Mariner’s sins occur with the reaping of his crew through the coming of Death’s ship. Death’s ship shows the Mariner the result of his fault, and the Mariner feels the pain that will lead him to his salvation. Part the Fourth tells of the Mariner’s guilt when death takes away his crew’s life, leaving him in their permanent gaze from their plastered faces. The Mariner expounds on this guilt, stating “But oh! More horrible than that / Is a curse in a dead man’s eye! / And yet I could not die.” The skeleton crew haunts the Mariner, watching his every move. The focal point of salvation occurs in Part the Fourth, where the Mariner “blesses” the world with his new vision of their significance, proclaiming “A spring of love gushed from my heart.” Guilt also climaxes in the Fourth Part through the torments of pain the Mariner feels, which lead to his blessing and salvation. Coleridge still displays the Romanticist paradigm in his use the Mariner’s self-enlightenment to transfer him from a state of guilt to becoming saved from the horrors of Death.

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