Rime Of The Ancient Mariner Analysis

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The poem, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, is about an old sailor telling a wedding guest a life-changing story of a voyage he experienced. The story teaches a moral lesson about respecting and appreciating nature and all of God’s creatures. This is taught through a tribulation in which the sailor was forced to endure for killing an Albatross. The use of figurative language and other literary elements are prevalent in the poem and heavily influence the style, tone, and understanding of the poem. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner contains phrases that mimic repetitions of ancient poetry and contains other literary devices such as allegory and imagery throughout the poem to further convey understanding and enjoyment to the reader. Repetition gives an effect of increased clarity and memory to the reader; therefore, aiding them in understanding the text. The quotes, “Day after day, day after day" (Coleridge 115) and “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” (Coleridge 121-122) refer to the events following the Albatross’s death. These quotes emphasize the duration in which the ship was idle and the crew was parched by repeating mainly the words “day” and “water”. The repetition of “water” also aids in the irony of the situation, as water is everywhere, yet it is not drinkable. Another example of repetition is in the excerpt, “Alone, alone, all, all alone, alone on a wide, wide sea!” (Coleridge 232) which refers to the part
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