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In order to determine whether The Rime Of the Ancient Mariner is a moral story or has a moral to it it must be understood what morality and a moral in literature are Morality is an understanding with regards to what are the right and wrong actions to take in different circumstances For a piece of literature to be moral it mist shoe us moral values or create a sense of moral awareness so does the Rime One of the most famous people to outwardly say the Rime has no moral was Mrs Barbauld Coleridge recalls her comments in Table Talk Mrs Barbauld once told me that she admired The Ancient Mariner very much but that there were two faults in it -- it was improbable and had no moral The Road To Xanadu p276 It was his own opinion that it was over moralistic however I told her that in my own judgement the poem had too much and that the only or chief fault if I might say so was the obtrusion of the moral sentiment so openly on the reader as a principle or cause of action in a work of such pure imagination The Road To Xanadu p276 If Coleridge felt these stanzas were obtrusively moralistic why did he not alter or remove them It could be presumed that Coleridge thought them to be integral to his poem The moral stanzas at the end of the poem clearly do draw attention to themselves by their pious nature Many early critics have been unable to account for so apparently awkward an intrusion of sententious godliness However more recent readers have defended the moral stanzas in terms of their dramatic propriety The piousness can be seen as the Mariners simple-minded summary of what his terrible experience has taught him The Mariners moral is not as is sometimes claimed either a sham moral for it expresses a faith in the One Life
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