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What are some examples of personification and paradox imagery in "The Rime of the...

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Posted April 16, 2009 at 5:23 PM via web

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What are some examples of personification and paradox imagery in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"?

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted April 16, 2009 at 11:30 PM (Answer #1)

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There is lots of Personification throughout.  Most of it has to do with the sun.  The sun takes on human qualities and develops a pronoun of "he."

"The sun came up upon the left, Out of the see came he! And he shone bright, and on the right Went down into the see."

Then an example of a paradox could be when they are surrounded with water, yet cannot drink a drop.  They are dying of thirst, yet cannot drink the salt water.

"Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink."

 

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