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Coleridge and ancient mariner


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Coleridge and ancient mariner

  1. 1. Coleridge and“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”
  2. 2. Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772-1834 Youngest of 10 Father died when he was 9, sent to school in London Attended Cambridge University, became a public speaker Involved in politics, wanted to create Utopian settlement Friends with William Wordsworth (“London, 1802”)
  3. 3. Samuel Taylor Coleridge In his writing he…  wanted to discover the truths of the human soul  celebrated the strange and exotic  mixes elements of a fantasy world with reality Creativity dulled by use of painkillers treating his asthma and rheumatism Moved to warmer climates to improve health, but this doesn’t work  marriage collapses, loses friends Kept writing during darkest days, huge influence on other Romantic authors
  4. 4. Poetic Sound Devices Alliteration: repetition of consonant sound at beginnings of words  “The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew…” Consonance: repetition of final consonant sounds  “a frightful fiend / Doth close behind…” Assonance: repetition of vowel sound  “The western wave was all aflame.” Internal rhyme: use of rhymes within one line  “With heavy thump, a lifeless lump…”
  5. 5. Language of Fantasy Exotic-sounding place names  “Xanadu” Archaic words: terms no longer in common use  “eftsoons” = immediately
  6. 6. “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” An old Mariner (sailor) meets some men on their way to a wedding The Mariner stops one of the men to tell him a story Recounts a tale of his crime against life (killing an Albatross albatross) and the physical and emotional punishments that resulted