How is allegory used in Coleridge's poem The Rime of The Ancient Mariner?
In The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Coleridge presents an allegorical tale to promote a respect for nature—a popular theme with the Romantic poets in the face of Industrialization in England at that time.
An allegory is defined as...
...an extended metaphor in which a person, abstract idea...It usually involves moral or spiritual concepts which are more significant than the actual narrative.
It is a tale that shares a life-lesson, which is reflected in the theme of the literary piece.
The Romantic writers expressed themselves through poetry. There were several characteristics common to Romantic writing: a renewed respect for nature; interest in the supernatural; an expression of melancholy; the idealization of women and children; the pursuit of personal freedom, and an interest in the past (particularly the Middle Ages).
Respect for nature is the prevalent theme in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner . To understand what drove Coleridge to write this allegorical tale, look to the historical context...
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