Literary Elements In Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

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Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is a poem that features a suffering sailor telling his frightening backstory to a wedding guest in order to relieve himself of the agony that resulted from his actions. The author, Coleridge, adopts a style different from poets of earlier periods such as the Renaissance. Romanticism dominated art and literature in this era, which is likely the overall style he was going for as seen by the spontaneity in this poem as Coleridge did not follow a set verse pattern. The spontaneous and free style as well as the several literary elements used in this poem contributed to the enjoyment of the readers. Although Coleridge didn’t stick to a meter or verse structure, he was able to create a literary…show more content…
For instance, “The sun now rose upon the right: / Out of the sea came he / Still hid in mist, and on the left / Went down into the sea,” (Coleridge 83-86) uses personification to appeal to the sense of sight in imagery. Coleridge referred to the sun as a man coming out of the sea as it rose and hiding in the mist before going back down into the sea as it set. Through it, the reader is able to realize that many days passed by with no prevail in the seamen’s journey. They can picture the sun rising and burning from the east before plunging them into darkness when it set in the west. In “Water, water, everywhere, / Nor any drop to drink,” (Line 121-122) irony plays a role because despite all the water surrounding the boat, the seamen were thirsty but couldn’t quench their thirst with the sea water. It also provides imagery and setting, as it helps the reader picture a wide expanse of endless water with a single isolated boat floating atop as well as the desperate sailors’. All in all, this poem used several different literary elements that each contributes to imagery. Because of the use of a large amount of figurative language, the reader is able to understand the extent of the agony as well as picture the scenes of nature’s beauty or the sailors’
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