The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
A narrative analysis of the poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
This paper discusses the style of the poem, as well as its intended audience and meaning. Examples from the text are given.
“Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a poem that on one level appears to be a simple narrative, but in truth it is more complex because there are two levels of narrative taking place. The first of these is the long story told by the Mariner, but in the present of the poem there is also the fact that the Mariner is telling this story to one of the guests at a wedding. It is apparent from the first that the Mariner has some reason for selecting this particular individual for telling this story, and the effect this story has on the Wedding Guest becomes the means for extending the moral of the tale to a more general audience and to a more general idea of life.”
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