Burnet asserts that while it is important to strive to understand the ethereal and ideal, one must stay grounded in the temporal, imperfect world. He was both fascinated by the unknown and in some sense afraid of it. The point is that there would be a major shift in tone and that's what's going on in Lyrical Ballads, or at least what Wordsworth is worried about in Lyrical Ballads with 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. And, finally, the poem incorporates a story of sin and restoration - this idea that you can repent for what you've done wrong. Nature is kind of a person in this thing.
The bodies of the crew, possessed by good spirits, rise again and help steer the ship. But there is a huge focus on nature and its power, which is a huge Romantic thing. His story begins with the ship leaving the harbor and sailing southward. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Story The ship then encounters terrible events, with it moving into a stagnant sea where the sailors have no water to drink nor any food and some sailors dream that an angered Spirit has followed them from the pole. So the wedding guest totally missed the wedding but he did learn why the Mariner bothered him in the first place. His natural background, for instance, could have been fashioned only by a man who had learned about nature from loving observation and shared the Wordsworth's devotion to it.
It's kind of like if you bought Now!. At each step he takes pains to see that his eery subject is real both for the eye and for the emotions, that it has both the attraction of visible things and the significance which belongs to actions of grave import. The poem focusses on the power and nemesis of the natural world. The South Pole and the Albatross Basically, the Mariner is describing this journey he was on a long time ago. In order to communicate again, the Mariner must pay a visceral price: he drinks his own blood to wet his throat.
But just as nature punishes, it also gives back. Three guys are on the way to a wedding celebration when an old sailor the Mariner stops one of them at the door we'll call him the Wedding Guest. When the Mariner, unaware, blesses the water snakes, he begins to re-establish relations with the world of affections. It is argued that the harbour at in Somerset was the primary inspiration for the poem, although some time before, John Cruikshank, a local acquaintance of Coleridge's, had related a dream about a skeleton ship manned by spectral sailors. The men see an albatross appear in the fog. In the first section, Coleridge tells the actual crime.
He was tyrannous and strong. Coleridge describes his state by drawing attention to his sense of helplessness and solitude: This is the real anguish of a man who feels himself abandoned both by God and man and faced with the emptiness of his guilty and tormented soul. Humans and all other life are equal inhabitants on planet Earth and must therefore treat each other with respect 2466 Words 10 Pages complex web of themes and symbols within the seemingly simple plot line of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Before it reaches port, the spirits that had reanimated the zombies fly away again and the Mariner is once again alone. After a speedy journey, the ship ends up back in port again. It is to be noted that the Albatross was the first living being the sailors came across in the region of mist and snow. The Albatross followed behind it, a symbol of good luck to the sailors.
The Wedding-guest is annoyed with the Mariner for stopping him, and asks him why do you stop me, or why have you stopped me. Alone on the ship, surrounded by two hundred corpses, the Mariner was surrounded by the slimy sea and the slimy creatures that crawled across its surface. The ancient mariner travels the world, unburdening his soul, telling his story to whomever needs to hear it. The Sun came up upon the left, Out of the sea came he! On its deck, Death and Life-in-Death gamble with dice for the lives of the Sailors and the Mariner. He saw that the two were closely interwoven and he must introduce both into his poems. But one day, suddenly, the Mariner, for reasons unexplained, shoots and kills the albatross with his crossbow. It has become increasingly apparent that humans leave a destructive impact on the world.
The ship also appeals to and utilizes the natural urge to tell stories and communicate. The poem contains all these characteristics. In these lines, continued to narrate his story to the Wedding Guest, the Mariner says that the ship reached the South Pole, full of mist and snow. Her name is a clue to the mariner's fate: he will endure a fate worse than death as punishment for his killing of the albatross. Here, storytelling needs no introduction, as the Mariner simply starts speaking and begins the story. It starts with a bunch of dudes who are all heading to a wedding. The sailors were the only living things in this frightening, enclosed world where the ice made terrible groaning sounds that echoed all around.
There is no sign of life there till a large seabird, the albatross appears. With the albatross off his neck, things start to improve a little bit. Everyone on the Mariner's ship dies. As for the probability, I owned that that might admit some question; but as to the want of a moral, I told her that in my own judgement the poem had too much; and that the only, or chief fault, if I might say so, was the obtrusion of the moral sentiment so openly on the reader as a principle or cause of action in a work of such pure imagination. The Wedding-Guest sat on a stone: He cannot choose but hear; And thus spake on that ancient man, The bright-eyed Mariner. The ship was forcibly driven by the storm towards the South Pole. The ice did split with a thunder-fit; The helmsman steered us through! First, he does not say why the Mariner kills the albatross.
With this view I wrote the 'Ancient Mariner'. The eponymous Ancient Mariner has a long, gray beard and is introduced with an air of mystery and a suggestion of the supernatural. In the second place, he saw life not analytically but creatively, and he knew that any work of creation must itself be an extension and enhancement of life. The ballad is a narrative song-poem, usually relating a single, dramatic incident or story, in a form suitable for singing or rhythmical chanting. Pretty soon the sailors lose their wind, and it gets really hot.