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What is the Gothic Dimension?When I took the poem The Ancient Mariner by S. T....

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creativetahani | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 16, 2009 at 9:30 PM via web

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What is the Gothic Dimension?

When I took the poem The Ancient Mariner by S. T. Coleridge, my Professor mentioned the term the Gothic Dinension and asked us to deg out about it. I searched on google but I didn't find something that I can call useful for poetry :/ I may heard the phrase wrong from the Professor. If so, do you know a similar phrase that could make sense? Tell me, please.

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mstultz72 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 16, 2009 at 10:49 PM (Answer #1)

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I think he is referring to a "Gothic" perspective, or worldview, from which to analyze the poem.  Search under "Gothic Literature" and "Gothicism."

Enotes has this definition of "Gothic Literature":

Gothic literature, a movement that focused on ruin, decay, death, terror, and chaos, and privileged irrationality and passion over rationality and reason, grew in response to the historical, sociological, psychological, and political contexts of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

With reference to "Rime," a sample Q/A:

http://www.enotes.com/rime-ancient/q-and-a/how-does-rime-th-ancient-mariner-exemplifies-2316

According to the Norton Anthology:

More pervasive signs of Gothic influence show up in some of the most frequently read Romantic poems — for example, the account of the skeleton ship and the crew's reaction ("A flash of joy . . . And horror follows") in Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (NAEL 8, 2.430); the atmosphere, setting, and fragmentary plot of witchery and seduction in Coleridge's Christabel (NAEL 8, 2.449–64);

 

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keerazee | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 27, 2009 at 4:03 PM (Answer #2)

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I think you mean "Gothic Convention."  There is a famous book on the Gothic called The Coherence of Gothic Conventions by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.  In it, the author discusses what makes Gothic Literature "gothic."

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