A Biographical Analysis of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Essay

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A Biographical Analysis of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, is a somewhat lengthy poem concerning the paranormal activities of a sea mariner and his crew. The work was constructed to be the beginning piece in Lyrical Ballads, a two-volume set written by William
Wordsworth and Coleridge. Wordsworth intended to, in his volume, make the ordinary seem extraordinary, while Coleridge aimed to make the extraordinary ordinary. “The Rime” was first published in 1798.
Despite the current popularity of the piece, it was harshly criticized upon being first published. One of “The Rime’s” toughest opponents was Wordsworth himself, who claimed that the poem had “neither
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In the poem, the death of the albatross is an event that can be directly correlated to Coleridge’s life, particularly in the death of his father. Samuel was born on October 21, 1772, and was the youngest among his ten siblings (Fry, 3). At age six, he began attending
King’s School, where his father happened to be the headmaster (Fry,
3). Coleridge’s father, Reverend John Coleridge, died three years later (Fry, 3). After the death, an undereducated and inadequate gentleman replaced Samuel’s father as headmaster (Fry, 3). As a result of this, Coleridge was forced to move to London to pursue his education at Christ’s Hospital (Fry, 3). The death and resulting move was very damaging to Samuel, who was only nine at the time.

The death of the albatross is quite similar from the standpoint that it was the event that gave rise to the Mariner’s problems. The
Mariner killed the bird in order to support the crew in their time of great hunger and thirst (Coleridge, 32). The death of the bird was at first followed by good luck. The fog and frost that had once consumed the seas around the Mariner and his crew is replaced by good weather
(Coleridge, 34). This break in treacherous conditions is only temporary, though. Upon arriving in the Pacific, the wind ceases to blow and the ship stops (Coleridge, 34). A