What is the significance of the hermit and the spirits in the Rime if the Ancient Mariner?

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This poem was written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and is considered the epitome of a Romantic poem.  Some of the qualities of a Romantic piece include imagination, the supernatural, nature, the individual, and a connectedness to God or a Higher power.

In The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the title's spelling of "Rhyme" as "Rime" gives the poem a faraway and ancient feel--just as the language and syntax in the poem does.  This helps add to the mystery and supernatural qualities of the narrator, the Mariner himself, who...

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