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THE ANCIENT MARINER Through The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Coleridge has created a masterpiece This epic reworks the ballad form so that it comes alive and speaks to the Romantic Age breathing a story as strange and delightful mystical and wonderful as the mystery of life itself The raw power of the language the startling speed at which it hurls you along and the arresting questions of the poem fill your spirit with wonder at the operation of nature and the awesome mystery of evil There will always be those men whose imaginations transcend the limitations of their time Coleridge is such a man with The Ancient Mariner being an imaginatively sharp ballad in contact with mystery and evil with the penance and final salvation of the evildoer expressed with beautiful language from which gruesome awesome and shocking imagery does spring Through Coleridge we sense an audience that has been starved of the mysterious the unfathomable grandeur of nature and any explorations of human consciousness The Ancient Mariner heralded a new type of literature one that was in touch the unpredictable and the supernatural world The mystery of divine providence is explored similarly the wonder of creation and nature emphasised For The Ancient Mariner is a manifesto of the Romantic movement coming at the end of the Classical period in which all faith is put in control and the harmony that man can bring to the world Here Coleridge delves into the weird the strange just what has been neglected for so long while at the same time recreating a sense of a past society using an ancient ballad form to express perhaps the inexpressible and he undoubtedly does it as well and if not then better than even the finest of the ancient ballads From the very beginning The Ancient Mariner is an arresting read It is an ancient Mariner And he stoppeth one
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