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Coleridge, like other Romantic poets, frequently drew upon supernatural themes in his poetry. His most famous poems, 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' and the hallucinatory fragment 'Kubla Khan',...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2013 8:27 pm UTC

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The symbol of the bells is also important in the poem. Bells are traditionally a symbol of communication, and in Christabel they communicate both good news and bad, sometimes together. For...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2018 9:48 am UTC

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Geraldine, the force of evil in the poem, is associated with darkness and false light. When Christabel, who symbolizes innocence, first meets Geraldine (evil), it is night. Christabel encounters...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2020 7:59 pm UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s long narrative poem "Christabel" presents the well-known theme of good vs. evil, but the poem ends with evil triumphing. I don’t believe that’s what Coleridge intended,...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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Though Christabel's late mother is only alluded to in the poem, one still feels her brooding presence throughout. If Geraldine is the representative of evil in "Christabel," then Christabel's...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2019 9:52 am UTC

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Although Samuel Coleridge never describes in detail the castle in his poem ‘Christabel,’ careful readers can, nevertheless, gather quite a few details of what the castle looked like. Initially, we...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2016 6:55 pm UTC

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After Christabel carries Geraldine into the castle, and they go into her room, Christabel is told to undress. Even though she knows that it is wrong, she cannot resist. It is as if she is under a...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2008 3:26 am UTC

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem ‘Christabel’ takes place in April, ‘a month before the month of May’ (line 21). It is a chilly night, and Baron Leoline’s only child Christabel, who ‘had dreams all...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2016 7:56 pm UTC

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In Part II of Christabel Bracy the bard makes his appearance. We first read of him saying that the sacristan should "let it knell," apparently supporting the continuation of Sir Leoline's law that...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2017 5:56 am UTC

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Geraldine, the "damsel bright," seems very beautiful, perhaps too beautiful, dressed in white and barefoot. She is shadowy in the moonlight. She has a long neck, bare arms, and blue veined feet....

Latest answer posted July 24, 2018 11:48 pm UTC

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The long narrative poem, "Christabel," by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, is written in iambic tetrameter couplets. This meter, especially given the way Coleridge varies the number of unstressed syllables...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2012 5:48 am UTC

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Christabel has been dreaming all night of her betrothed, her sleep has been interrupted, she has tossed and turned consumed with worry. Feeling lonely and desiring to pray, she leaves her...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2008 2:44 am UTC

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The speaker is Geraldine, and she explains her distress in lines 71-99. Geraldine says that yesterday morning she was kidnapped by "five warriors" whom she did not know. She was tied to...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2008 3:20 am UTC

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The unfinished poem “Christabel” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the novella The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen share some similar elements, although their settings are quite different. Both works...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2021 8:48 pm UTC

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