Analysis Of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 'The Rime Of The Ancyent Marinere'
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Religion Is Not Always as It Should Be
During the early twentieth century, Samuel Taylor Coleridge began his quest to strive to create works of literature for the common man; an ambition that was rare among his contemporaries. In 1800, he published "The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere," a poem immersed with didactic and religious undertones. Since Coleridge intends to use this poem as a lesson for his reader, the common man of the 18th century, he demonstrates that religion works in unexpected ways, and religious repentance is ultimately not a complete vindication of sin. Specifically, in lines 264 to 283, Coleridge dictates both a bizarre and disheartening account of religion by using obscure imagery, peculiar word choice, and a unique rhyme scheme. His stylistic choices proceed to not only raise doubts about the preconceived concepts of prayer and religion, but also act as a religious deterrent to the reader.
Samuel Coleridge begins this section of "The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere" by reversing traditional religious preconceptions by utilizing adoring word choice and imagery for the Marinere 's description of the water snakes, presenting them in an almost godly fashion. These observations are extraordinarily odd, since the Marinere portrays the water snakes in a positive way. Typically, in religious texts water snakes, or serpents, are symbols of the devil or represent some other form of negative temptation. For example, the story of the Garden of Eden in the Book