Literary Devices: Poetry Devices that Convey the Mariner’s Tale This lesson plan focuses on imagery, figurative language, and sound devices employed by Coleridge in “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” Students will identify and analyze examples of imagery created through figurative language and identify and examine examples of various sound devices, including meter, rhyme, repetition, and alliteration; they will explain how imagery and musicality impact the poem. In studying these poetry devices in “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” students will be better able to describe the poem’s dreamlike atmosphere. Skills Close reading; identifying and analyzing examples of various poetry devices; interpreting the effects of various poetry devices
Why does the Wedding Guest listen “like a three years’ child” as the Mariner begins to tell him a story? What evidence suggests that the Wedding Guest wants to go on his way but is unable to stop listening to the old man? Why do you think the men aboard the Mariner’s ship were so overjoyed to see an Albatross materialize in the snow and fog and fly “round and round” them? How did they greet the arrival of the bird? What suggests that they fed the Albatross? The events on the ship haunt the Mariner for the remainder of his life; even as a very old man, he feels compelled to tell his story. Why do you think he is unable to put the past behind him? Sin, penance, and redemption are major themes in the poem. Discuss how they are developed through the character of the Mariner. Include details from the poem in your discussion. When the Mariner’s shipmates approved of his killing the Albatross, they became complicit in his sin. Do you think they were as guilty as he? Is condoning an evil act as bad as committing it? Why or why not?