Samuel Coleridge and Edgar Allan Poe Poems

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Symbols can be a very powerful thing. They can completely transform texts and make them more powerful and significant. Symbols are things in a text that represent other things or have different meanings. There are two different poems that contain similar symbols: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is “A poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge about an old sailor who is compelled to tell strangers about the supernatural adventures that befell him at sea after he killed an albatross, a friendly sea bird.” (Kett, Joseph F.).The old mariner killed an albatross, a seabird, and was cursed for disrespecting nature and watched his entire crew die of starvation and…show more content…
Another difference they have in appearance is how a raven has a more sinister looking appearance compared to the albatross. The raven, as mentioned before is jet black, and has beady black eyes with sharp black talons. It is a creepy bird that would appear in horror films and at funerals. The albatross on the other hand is a more magnificent and cheerful looking bird. It is a white bird which is a more calming color compared to black, and it is known to be a sign of good luck. Furthermore, the actions of each bird from The Rime of an Ancient Mariner and The Raven have dissimilar roles and actions in each poem. First off, the albatross from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a huge symbol of good omens and when it gets killed by the Mariner, it instantly brings a curse among the crew or the ship which is described by Kennedy Warne, “Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner gave the albatross its reputation as a good omen that should be respected.” (Warne, Kennedy). However, the albatross doesn’t really have any direct actions; it just mainly causes the turmoil by being killed. The raven from Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven is completely different because it does have its own actions unlike the albatross. The raven continuously repeats the word “nevermore” to the old man after flying in the window onto the man’s statue which is shown in the following lines, “’Tell me what thy
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