The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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How does "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" depend on visualization and the use of color imagery to intensify its effects?

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The entire story hinges on the incredible descriptions the speaker gives us and the story that he tells.  We can't help but imagine and picture the scene as a movie behind our eyelids as he tells it.  As part of the movie, the mariner does mention color quite often, and it brings the narrative to life in certain spots--a little like The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy opens the door and her black and white world is suddenly infused with brilliant color.

The examples of this which spring to mind are the differences in which the mariner notices the sea snakes--go back and take a look at how he looks at them...

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