Authors or Horror, Edgar Allen Poe for The Raven and Samuel Taylor Coleridge for “Rime of the Ancient Mariner

533 Words Jan 31st, 2018 2 Pages
Our terrifying horror movies and books derive from these two men; Edgar Allen Poe and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Although these two authors are different in their techniques of writing, there are two poems that are similar. “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and “The Raven” consists of a bird bringing a bad omen. The situations are different; however, the meanings of the birds are similar. In these two poems, the differences are more apparent; the significance of one being a sea bird and the other a land dweller, the situations of appearance, and the meanings and curses they place upon the cursed. First, Coleridge and Poe create their birds different in the aspect of their dwelling and manner. The sea bird is called the Albatross, in the beginning it is seen as a wonderful and beautiful bird. When the Mariner and his men were out to sea this bird, with a slight body but adorned large wings, flew across the ocean and the ice broke from the ocean. It almost appears as if the bird is innocent, with the description of the bird. Having a frail breast yet the stretching wingspan is strong; for leading those in need, the color of the bird even hints at innocence. It is innocent and blind from the death it is soon to experience. The Raven is a majestic and cruel land bird. The body is large but the wings are smaller. The color described as the Raven shows power and ferocity. The shoddy eyes of this endearing bird pierce into…
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