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Why is "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" a Romantic poem?

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smoove90 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 22, 2009 at 7:38 PM via web

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Why is "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" a Romantic poem?

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted February 22, 2009 at 8:34 PM (Answer #1)

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By Romantic Poetry, that means that it possesses qualities of the Romantic Era.  In Romantic poetry, the authors began doing new things.  First, they used common language.  Many of the poets used dialect, which brought in a whole new audience, not just the wealthy and educated.  Second, they used emotion in their writings.  The third one is what ties "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" to the Romantic period.  Nature was used more openly than ever before.  The theme of this poem is that we must respect nature in all of its forms.  This poem was written by Coleridge, and it was in the collection of poetry that he and Wordsworth put together (Lyrical Ballads).  Wordsworth was known as the Father of English Romanticism.

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