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Question How does any writer on the course treat the figure of the social outcast or outsider For the purposes of this assignment I will be examining two of Coleridges most notable poetic works The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan From The Rime I will be examining the poets treatment of the Mariner himself and from Kubla Khan both Kubla Khan and the unnamed poetic presence that is makes its self know at end of the poem At first the Mariner may not immediately seem like a social outcast or outsider because in terms of the thematic nature of the poem more dramatic and relevant features of his character are more instantly notable However examination of the text shows otherwise Alone alone all all alone Alone on a wide wide sea This small extract needs very little explanation It is quite clear that Coleridge intends The Mariner to be a character who may not have been out cast from society but has certainly been placed into a situation of indisputable solitude And they all dead did lie And a thousand thousand slimy things Lived on and so did I Here we have the poet and indeed the Mariner himself including the wayward seaman with the thousand slimy things It is important to note that here they are not referred to as creatures or beings or any other description that would imply that they are of earthly origins Instead they are referred to simply as things O Wedding Guest this soul hath been Alone on a wide wide sea So lonely twas that god himself Scarce seemed there to be and Like one that on a lonesome road Doth walk in fear and dread The combination of the strength of connotation of the words Alone lonely Scare lonesome fear and dread acts turn simple loneliness into a complicated psychological state This is
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