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In The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner Coleridge brings us into a world of magical fantasy Using many poetic devices he takes us along the voyage to the ends of the earth and back following a magical old mariner Beginning at the end the story of the seamans travels bring him to a lovely wedding ceremony forcing himself upon an unsuspecting guest and he tells the tale which has changed the mariner into the ghastly figure he is today In the end of this almost epic poem the ancient mariner Coleridge changes the conceptions of the wedding guest the reader making him a sadder and wiser man In this process only the healing hands of this lonesome hermit can remove the sin from the mariners decaying soulThe poems powerful words move the reader and the listener into feeling for the mariners woes Even from the very beginning of part 7 of the poem there is a paradox the hermit is not what is usually expected The very definition of a hermit is one who lives in solitude yet it is he who is first to greet our man from the abyss along with a pilot and his boy This Hermit good lives in that woodHow loudly his sweet voice he rearsThat come from a far countree Coleridge p 436An eerie sense of evil is given off all around For example where there was light aboard the ship there now is none The pilot and the hermit who come to guide the ship in descend upon the vessel but they pause looking for the lights that had once given notice to the ships arrival The signal of the pilots arrival also goes unanswered causing even more fear The hermit is forced to push the pilot on As soon as they get closer the rumble of the water is all that can be heard as the mariners ship goes downIt reached the ship it split the bayThe
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