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

Some examples of personification in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner are the albatross, death, and the sun. A famous paradoxical image is "water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink."

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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 yellow as gold:
Her skin was as white as leprosy,
The Night-mare LIFE-IN-DEATH was she,
Who thicks man's blood with cold.
'The game is done! I've won! I've won!'
Quoth she, and whistles thrice.

The Mariner calls her life-in death, but in fact, she is death, for she takes 200 lives ("Four times fifty living men"). She is described as looking like a living woman, though with very white skin, and she uses the triumphal language of a person who has won a game of chance.

The albatross is also personified, as it is described with human imagery:

As if it had been a Christian soul

The sun is also personified, described as "he" rather than "it" in the following:

The Sun came up upon the left,
Out of the sea came he!
The above imagery positions the sun as something of a person rising out of the sea.

A paradox is a statement...

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