The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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When and why did the ancient mariner set sail with his crew in the poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"?

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There is never any explicit information given in the poem regarding when or why the ship set out on its journey. The year or even the century in which these events take place is left entirely up to some educated guesswork. We can assume, since the Mariner is familiar with regions such as the Antarctic, that the voyage itself took place a good while after the events of the Age of Exploration.

The question of why the ancient mariner sets out on this expedition is one with even fewer clues that can be used to find an answer. In truth, all we know is that the mood upon embarking was one filled with excitement and high-hope, as the mariner insists that "merrily we did...

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