What three elements of the Romantic Age are evident in Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner?
The previous post was extremely thorough. I would like to add one more element present in the poem. The relationship with nature as being one where human beings must live in harmony with the creatures of consciousness is a profound one in the poem. The killing of the albatross and the bad sense of karma that transpires because of it is not only radical for its time period, but one of the most profound elements of Romanticism. Romantics believed in the natural setting, but they also stressed that there must be a synchronicity between humans and the world in which they inhabit. At a...
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I do have to disagree in some points.
1. I would call it the 'ballad metre' (which was used for other reasons as well as the perfect description of the route [Magellan] which set a supposed timeset for the journey!)
2. There is no 'supernaturalism' in the Rime of the Ancient Mariner! There are different ghosts, angelic powers, 'seraph-men' (PERFECT quote!! did anybody look 'seraphs' up in the bible by the way?..THESE are higher angels who are the only ones who are able to take off guilt - useful for the Mariner that they appear in this specific situation...), a 'polar spirit' (who has its edge of authority at the 'line' (the equator) and at 'nine fathoms' (look up how deep that is for a spirit), LIFE-IN-DEATH, it's companion and other *ahem* 'supernatural' elements. I'm not even talking about 'supernatural' symbolism such as colours, the cross, the sea, the albatross or else. Ask for the difference between 'supernatural', 'preternatural', the 'occult' and maybe even the 'sublime'. Nature is spiritualised by Coleridge before 'religious powers' come into play...
3. If you would like to go further, download: www. inga-und-torsten.de/Examensarbeit.docx (it's my exam paper - don't bother about spelling mistakes and/or WORD-version-differences)
4. I do agree to the "Love of nature". Yes, I do.
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6. My favourite poem is 'Muse' by Jo Shapcott.
7. Your turn -