The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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The “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” is a ballad, written during the Romantic era, that conveys how a mariner learns valuable lessons in life, from his experiences at sea. This text by Samuel Coleridge explores, how the mariner realises that all of God’s creations are worthy of love and respect through his painful experiences on the fateful sea journey. The mariner learns about the morals through the sins he commits and about the nature of punishment and retribution. The poet has expressed these ideas and themes through the use of a range of poetic techniques and meaningful phrases. Theme 1: Appreciation of all of God’s creations The central theme in the “Rime of The Ancient Mariner” revolves around how a mariner learns to appreciate all of God’s creations and reflects upon the callous attitude of mankind towards God’s creatures. This happens as the mariner kills an albatross while on ship at sea, which is a symbol of God’s creations and is forced to face dire consequences for his sin. God punishes the mariner for his act, and by the end of the poem the mariner realises that killing the albatross, “a Christian soul” was a sin and has learned the value of appreciating each one of God’s creatures. Later in the poem, he declares “a spring of love gushed from my heart”, when looking at the creatures in the sea. This metaphor conveys how the mariner learns that all of God’s creations are worthy of love and respect and begins to appreciate even the ugliest of God’s creations. Written in the Romantic era, many readers of that time would have taken this idea quite literally. However, today , this idea has still been given importance to despite any religious or non-religious beliefs. Theme 2: Sin and Punishment This ballad also explores the severe nature of punishment faced by the mariner after his sinful act and retribution. Through killing the

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