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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

What is the theme of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"?

Duality is perhaps the major theme of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." Duality is the notion that all things have both good and bad within them. Coleridge's poem presents nature and humanity as...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2020 12:13 pm UTC

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What Does The Albatross Symbolize

The living albatross is a symbol of God's creation and of innocence. The dead albatross is a symbol of sin. When the Mariner kills the albatross, the other sailors see this as a sign of bad luck...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2017 11:33 am UTC

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What do "Death" and "Life-in-Death" stand for in Coleridge's The Rime of Ancient Mariner?

The figures of Death and Life-in-Death make their appearance in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner after the mariner kills the albatross and brings down a curse upon his fellow shipmates. The two...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2021 2:48 pm UTC

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Why does the Mariner kill the albatross? What is the symbolic nature of the action?

The Mariner kills the albatross because he associated the lack of wind with it. At first all the men thought the bird was good luck since a good wind blew and they moved swiftly. Then, the wind...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2008 2:29 am UTC

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In "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," give 3 examples of imagery and 3 examples of personification that support the...

Coleridge's poem is rich with imagery and contains interesting uses of personification as it develops the theme of respect and love of nature, especially living creatures. Imagery is description...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2016 8:33 pm UTC

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What does the Albatross symbolize in the poem of Rime of Ancient Mariner?

The albatross is symbolic of a few things. As a living bird, the albatross is symbolic of innocence, goodness, God's creation, and even God's love and salvation. In stanza 16 of part 1, the sailors...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2018 11:38 pm UTC

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Explain, clearly, this line from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner": "He prayth best who loveth best."

The line "He prayeth best, who loveth best" is the moral the Mariner learns from his supernatural journey. It echoes the theology of Augustine in Confessions, which Samuel Taylor Coleridge was very...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2019 12:52 am UTC

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What is the main idea of 'The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner' by S. T. Coleridge?

Readers should consider that Samuel Taylor Coleridge is an author of the Romanticism movement. As such, imagination, emotion, and a respect and reverence for nature are all important beliefs of his...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2019 4:36 am UTC

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What was the Mariner's effect on the wedding guest?

In Part IV of the poem, the wedding guest is also afraid of the Mariner. At this part of the poem, the Mariner has just described how Death came to the ship and took all of the crew. The wedding...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2017 4:50 pm UTC

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What happens to the rest of the crew after the Mariner kills the albatross?  

After the mariner shoots the albatross, the crew is upset with him because they believe that the bird caused the breeze to blow. The crew is then stuck in the doldrums, and their ship does not...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2018 8:27 pm UTC

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Why is the Ancient Mariner only interested in telling his story to that guest only in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner?

Coleridge wanted his poem to be spoken by a fictitious narrator in order to avoid giving the impression that he was speaking about an experience of his own. He invented the ancient mariner for this...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2013 1:08 pm UTC

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What are some examples of symbolism in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"?

In "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," the albatross is a good omen for sailors and sometimes even represented the soul of a lost sailor. So, to kill the albatross is to bring bad luck. Hung on the...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2012 5:07 pm UTC

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Assess "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" as a ballad.

A ballad in literature is a narrative poem that usually tells a dramatic story. Early ballads in English and Irish literature that were handed down orally are folk ballads; their authors are...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2011 6:45 pm UTC

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What are some examples of personification and paradoxical imagery in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner?

Personification is assigning human attributes to an animal or non-human object. Death, for example, is personified as a woman below: Her lips were red, her looks were free, Her locks were...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2020 9:31 am UTC

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Does the poet use similies, metaphors, symbols or personification in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner?

There are a number of beautiful similes and metaphors in "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," and Coleridge also uses the devices of symbolism and personification. Here is a list of some similes (line...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2016 10:55 pm UTC

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What lesson does the Mariner learn from his experiences in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"?

As his story begins, the Mariner's ship enters icy waters. There, he unthinkingly shoots the innocent and helpful Albatross with his cross-bow, killing it. The mariner does this because he can. He...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2020 3:54 am UTC

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Quote two examples of internal rhyme and two examples of alliteration in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner."

Alliteration occurs when words beginning with the same consonant are placed in close proximity to each other. Internal rhyme occurs when words rhyme within a line or in the middle of separate...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2020 7:58 pm UTC

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What is the symbolism of the ice in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"?

In lines 41-44, the Mariner tells the guest that a storm began to blow the ship south, toward the South Pole. They encounter mist, snow, and icebergs. Eventually, they are surrounded by ice. The...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2016 9:53 pm UTC

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Explain the quote from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner": ``Day after day, day after day, .... Upon a painted...

The quote you have indicated in your question is a full stanza that comes from the second section of this great poem and comes directly after the mariner fatefully killed the albatross that is...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2012 1:39 pm UTC

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What is the setting of the "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge?

Although the majority of the poem takes place at sea, the initial setting of the poem is a wedding at which the mariner is a guest, as is the person whom he finds to relay his tale. The mariner...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2020 12:47 pm UTC

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In The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, how does the Mariner continue to show remorse in Part IV?  Why is he unable to...

In Part IV of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the Mariner continues to detain the wedding-guest in order to relate his tale to him further. The guest fears that the Mariner is a ghost, but the...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2017 4:58 pm UTC

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In the Rime of the ancient Mariner, what is the moral of the poem? This old guy comes to the wedding, the "guest"...

Yes, all kimfuji says I agree with, but we need to back up a bit. The Ancient Mariner's enlightenment begins when he carelessly kills the albatross: At length did cross an Albatross, Thorough the...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2009 1:44 pm UTC

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In Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, what is the curse and how does he expiate his sin and dispel the curse?

In Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the mariner is cursed because he has killed the albatross, showing a criminal disregard for a creature of nature. Everyone on the ship is cursed (the...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2012 6:58 am UTC

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Which segments are repeated throughout "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner?" Describe at least four and explain why they...

Coleridge repeats several phrases, ideas, and segments through the text of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," and often the repetition is to emphasize something that happened or the danger of the...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2018 5:45 pm UTC

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Why is the albatross hung from the mariner's neck and what does it replace?

Although the mariner is the one who shoots the albatross, a friendly bird at first viewed as a good omen by the crew, with his cross-bow, all the sailors share the guilt for the crime. That is...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2016 5:07 pm UTC

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What is the function of the wedding guest in "The Rime of the Ancient Marnier?"

Another role of the wedding guest in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" is to function as a stand-in for the reader. The wedding guest provides a reason for us to hear the...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2019 9:52 am UTC

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Explain these lines from the poem "The Rime of Ancient Mariner."  And I had done a hellish thing, And it would work...

The language of this poem is deliberately archaic, a conscious choice on the part of the poet to evoke the sense that this "ancient" mariner is living in a world of legend, distanced from...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2018 8:40 am UTC

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What is the Mariner's Penance (line 408 of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner")?

The struggles throughout the Mariner's voyage, as he recounts them to the Wedding Guest, have been caused by his sin of senselessly killing the Albatross. In Part V, after his men have been killed,...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2013 4:00 pm UTC

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Explain the sin and redemption in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner."

"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" is, to a large extent, an allegory of sin and redemption. At the time he wrote the poem, Coleridge was becoming ever more convinced of the truth of orthodox...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2018 7:19 am UTC

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In "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," when the albatross falls from his neck, is the Mariner free from suffering?

I edited your question to make it slightly clearer, so I hope it still asks the original question that you wanted to ask on enotes. It is clear that the albatross was hung on the Mariner's neck as...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2010 6:54 pm UTC

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Comment on the use of repetition in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner."

It is important to remember the form that this excellent and unforgettable poem was written in. Coleridge wrote "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" as a literary ballad. The ballad form uses simple...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2010 8:59 am UTC

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Why does the mariner compare himself to the snakes in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"?

The mariner compares himself to the snakes because until he is able to bless the snakes "unaware" he has no appreciation for their beauty. Before, he looked as them as "slimy...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2008 9:51 pm UTC

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Who is the narrator in the ballad of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"? And to whom is he telling the story?

The narrator is an old, weathered, and wizened seaman who meets "three gallants" on their way to a wedding feast. He is able to detain one of them, and he proceeds to relate to this young man his...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2017 6:03 pm UTC

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Discuss the supernatural elements in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner."

The ancient mariner's encounter with the supernatural begins soon after he, for no discernible reason, kills the albatross that helped his crew free themselves from entrapment in the ice. The...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2017 11:45 pm UTC

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How is the mariner cursed and what must he do?

The Mariner is cursed, evidently by God, for killing the albatross for pure sport or amusement. When he finally manages to return to his home port aboard a ship manned by a ghostly crew, he meets a...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2015 6:51 am UTC

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

Wordsworth and Coleridge's Lyrical Ballads was such an important milestone in the history of Romanticism that the Romantic period in England is sometimes dated from 1798, the year it first appeared...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2019 9:34 am UTC

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Who is the speaker of the poem and what tone do they use?

This seems like a straightforward question, but it actually can be a little complicated. Most of the story is told in the voice of the ancient Mariner—hence the name of the poem—but the poem itself...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2019 9:28 pm UTC

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What is the role of imagination in Coleridge's ancient marriner? talk about the element of imagination !!

Coleridge, the author of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," saw imagination as related to intuition, and as a faculty that develops in communion with nature and with the transcendental, that which...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2010 10:40 am UTC

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Why is the Wedding Guest a sadder and wiser man after hearing the Mariner's story in "The Rime of the Ancient...

Samuel Taylor Coleridge includes the Wedding Guest only at the beginning and end of the poem; as the Mariner’s audience, he supplies a crucial part of the frame around the tale. There is a clear...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2020 6:57 am UTC

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In "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," how do the "slimy things" compare to the "water snakes"? Lines 125 & 238

It is important to realise how these "slimy things" compare to the "water snakes" in this poem. Remember that the "slimy things" appear when the death of the Albatross begins to be avenged by the...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2011 5:04 am UTC

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In "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," what eventually happens to put the ship back on its course?

We are told that at the end of Part IV of the poem, the Mariner notices the beauty of the water snakes in the sea surrounding the ship. It is clear that the Mariner is attracted to them for their...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2010 7:54 pm UTC

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Explain these lines from "The Rime of Ancient Mariner'': And I had done an hellish thing And it would work 'em...

This stanza comes in the second section of the poem after the Mariner has shot the fateful albatross and it is clear that the slaying of this innocent bird has consequences that cause the other...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2013 6:48 am UTC

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Please Explain these lines from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner": He holds him with his skinny hand,'There was a...

A young man who is undoubtedly well-dressed and in a hurry to get to a wedding is stopped by a seedy-looking old sailor who wants to tell him a story. The sailor grabs hold of the wedding guest's...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2013 10:38 am UTC

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Where is the Sublime evident in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"?

The Sublime is the emotion of awe and terror we experience when we gaze on nature and feel both overwhelmed by its beauty but at the same time frightened and humbled by its grandeur and power. The...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2020 12:57 pm UTC

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In Part II, Stanzas 10,11, 12 & 14 of "They Rime of the Ancient Mariner," retell events and examine imagery in...

Yes, so the Mariner has killed, for no reason except maybe boredom, an albatross. Things that were going well on the ship's journey, now turned bad. The ship that moved so freely was now...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2010 2:34 am UTC

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What are the main events in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge? I'm making a timeline of...

In Part 1, the mariner stops the wedding guest, against the will of the guest, and begins to tell him his tale. The mariner tells how his ship sailed south toward the South Pole and found...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2010 8:18 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2010 6:56 pm UTC

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Discuss supernaturalism in Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge was a first-generation Romantic poet. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is filled with many of the characteristics of Romantic writing, including a respect for nature (the sin...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2013 4:05 am UTC

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What meaning does the title have, and why did the author use that particular spelling of "rime"?

The Ancient Mariner is an allegorical figure: someone who represents humankind's innate sinfulness. He is ancient, not merely in the sense of being very old, but in the sense of going back to the...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2019 4:10 am UTC

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In "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," what description did the Mariner give as the ship was driven by the storm?

In “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” the mariner, speaking to his captive audience, a wedding guest, describes the storm that overtakes his ship as a male winged beast, “tyrannous and strong,” who...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2019 5:45 pm UTC

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