The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner Analysis

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“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by S. T. Coleridge, does not appear, at first sight, to be a political poem. However, by taking a closer look, the political beliefs of Coleridge are an important subtext in this poem. Coleridge, as a supporter of the revolution, saw the importance of a moral revolution prior to a political one (Kitson, 1989, p. 198). This might be the first clue as to why this poem can be read as a convert documentary of the French Revolution. The poem rises moral questions of guilt and restoration that can be associated with the revolution. In part IV of the poem, the aspect of human guilt is apparent. Coleridge believed that national and collective guilt reflects the immorality of man (ibid). He also experienced personal guilt, which relates him to The Mariner; “Alone, alone, all, all alone, Alone on a wide wide sea! And never a saint took pity on My soul in agony” (Coleridge, 2003, p. 215). The Mariner is alone on the ship surrounded by dead people, feeling guilty about shooting the albatross. It was a crime of him to do so, but Coleridge also committed a crime by believing that humanity could be improved without any notion of compassion, and for making other people believe this too (Kitson, 1989, p. 205). The Mariner is the image of the merged guilt of both an entire nation and the guilt of a man who has done his shipmates wrong, and him being the only survivor. In his loneliness, The Mariner realises that what once was, was beautiful and e goes through
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