The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

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Romantic poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge explores the thematic implications of human interaction with the natural world in relation to Christian redemption within his lyrical ballad “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. The themes that are developed throughout the text are rooted within the means in which poetic language draws attention to repetitions of words related to sight, thus allowing images of nature to becomes a focal point for the Mariner’s salvation and presenting a didactic message about humanity’s perception of the natural world. Through interactions with the natural world, the Mariner transitions from punishment to redemption resulting in an enlightened religious connection that he was unable to possess when the curse was intact. Through the initial negative perception of nature, it can be seen that the Mariner is reinforcing the message that the inability to connect with the divine is developed through the inability to connect with nature. The use of repetition as a means of drawing attention to specific, words or ideas is prominent throughout “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and it serves as a means to orient the reader towards certain aspects of the text that the narrative voice deems important. Throughout “Part 4”, words that refer to the sight of the Mariner are reiterated, thus reinforcing the significance of perspective within the text. Through the “glittering eye” of the Mariner, readers are given a glimpse of what he claims to have seen on the voyage

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