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Near the end of the eighteenth century began a new ideology and writing style that conveys the poets ideas through nature This revolutionary style began by men like Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth were centuries ahead of their time in their attitudes on the environment communion with nature and the common man Drawing heavily upon the French Revolution these writers broke from society and focused their writing on the common man living in rural settings a very revolutionary idea for the day According to Samuel Taylor Coleridge in his Biographia Literaria subjects were to be chosen from ordinary life the characters and incidents were to be such as will be found in every village and its vicinity 1 Romanticism is anti-social and in keeping with that theme they wanted to escape the dominant ideology of the period Coleridge was a man unlike Wordsworth oppressed by society and culture In his brilliant career he had many monetary problems and possibly even drug addiction and for this reason he rebels against his own ideology Romanticism In his poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner he does the unthinkable by allowing Mother Nature to defeat man Samuel Taylor Coleridges The Rime of the Ancient Mariner embodies the ideals of Romantic poetry with an emphasis on nature the supernatural and a conflict between man and nature As with all Romantic works including The Rime of the Ancient Mariner nature is emphasized throughout and becomes a recurring theme The albatross is very important in keeping with this theme His life is senselessly taken by the Ancient Mariner In the Mariners mind the albatross was the cause of all the ships misfortunes The Mariner and his shipmates were bombarded by a powerful storm which was tyrannous and strong Rime 2 eventually driving them to the South Pole where they became in lodged in the ice Blaming this drastic change of events on the albatross the Ancient Mariner with my cross-bowI
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