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S.T. Coleridge “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”


I don’t know exactly how many people know and read the author Coleridge, he is a poet in England from eighteenth-century to nineteenth-century, in the Romantic period. But…it’s really hard labour to read his works, necessary to endure in particular. The reality he throws to us is filled with poison, as it were, a sort of dread that we come to be tangled with it if confronting without escape. Coleridge is known as a theorist who divided “Imagination” into “Primary Imagination” and “Secondary Imagination” to unfold the particular theory. Here, for much easier approach, I’ll deal with a poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”.

It belongs to the narrative poem which we can follow the story as the novel. During a voyage, a mariner capriciously shot a albatross which is a representation of their ‘good luck’, which causes disaster that the Death and “LIFE-IN-DEATH” curse upon sailors to be dead. He, only a survivor, wanders in the middle of the sea with corpses of his colleagues at his feet.

This is a poem called “ballads” which a mariner tells while managing to live—on the other words, it is a sort of the oral tradition. Nowadays the word ballads is used in the broad way, though it is derived from “Orature”, therefore the significance of ballads lies in the form that ‘one tells the story’. “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” was included in Lyrical Ballads edited by Wordsworth and Coleridge, in which the other poems by them were a form of traditional ballads. I wonder if it’s like Japanese Ancient Tales by Doppo Kunikida in Japan, as one of the examples.

Obviously, consulting the plot of it, this can be regarded as a sort of a fable containing its lesson, so actually it might be a proper attempt which makes you satisfied In a sense to read it in view of its lesson. In addition to that reading, for instance, it’s good idea to find the connection to Chekhov’s The Seagull in which at the beginning a man shoots a bird in the same way as “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, or to Tennyson’s Enoch Arden, which enables you to reach the profound understanding. Read it, not judging before reading.