The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner Romanticism Analysis

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Sama El Feky
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
William Mellanie
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“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in terms of Romanticism and “The Mirror and the Lamp” by M. H. Abrams

Although love may often be the concept of the romantic art, Romanticism has explicitly very little to do with what is considered “romantic”. It is rather a universal artistic and philosophical element that highlights the fundamental mind of the Western cultures. Know as the Romantic period, the 19th century represented a shift from reason to feeling, logic to imagination, and objectivity to subjectivity. The era’s literature, Romanticism, mainly focused on the appreciation of nature rather than social and political norms. Poetry sought to expose the connection between nature, humans and most importantly God. Samuel Taylor Coleridge was one significant poet who beautifully embraced the characteristics of Romanticism in his work. In “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, Coleridge captures strong images of the nature, supernatural and spirituality.

During the 18th century’s Age of Enlightenment, the rejection of the scientific, logical, structured, atheistic thinking completely dominated the public. Scientific thinking was encouraged as a suitable replacement for religion. Religion was not only considered as redundant but also ambiguous, as God’s existence was always a dilemma. The Romantic period, however, drastically reversed that way of

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