Presentation on theme: "Many critics see the Rime of the Ancient Mariner as an allegory of some kind of fall, like… Of Coleridge - Of Lucifer -Of Adam & Eve - …forbidden fruit…cast."— Presentation transcript:
Many critics see the Rime of the Ancient Mariner as an allegory of some kind of fall, like… Of Coleridge - Of Lucifer -Of Adam & Eve - …forbidden fruit…cast into hell …opium? …the very deep did rot… …slimy things … Slimy sea I shot the albatross …and I had done a hellish thing… witchs oils, / …burnt green, and blue and white Phantasmagoria! A shifting series or succession of things seen or imagined, as in a dream. STRUCTURE: Sin, Punishment, Redemption… Milton Parallels? (Paradise Lost) Shelleys Interpretation? (Frankenstein) Cain?
poetry gives most pleasure when only generally and not perfectly understood" - Coleridge Many critics maintain, as Christopher Lamb does, that the Ancient Mariner is a work of complete and pure imagination. As… No single interpretation seems to fit the entire poem… In essence, it is a very imaginative and unusual piece… Purely inspirational?Dark gothic? cursed me with his eye Life-in-death spectre bark Gustav Dorés Dark Etches…
Coleridge felt a deep sense of sin, for his opium addiction. The poem could be his way of fathoming his feelings. The strange power of the Ancient Mariner, as his difficult feelings. mingled strangely with my fears I know that man … must hear me / To him my tale I teach Hence, his sensitivity and saying that the poem should not be analyzed? (poetry gives most pleasure when only generally and not perfectly understood)
Instead of the cross, the Albatross/ About my neck was hung I had killed the bird / That made the breeze to blow Hailed it in Gods name Christian soul Crimson red like Gods own head - Hid in mist - dungeon-grate blessed them unawares Crew distanced from God
Vs. Some critics maintain that this ballad was an exploration, by Coleridge, into the science vs. spirituality debate: There are many mysterious fantastical images, the glittering eye with its strange power… the polar spirits and seraph band… The Latin preface says, Human cleverness has always sought knowledge of these things, never attained it. He was at a point in his life where he was more concerned with the rational than the empirical, this poem was an exploration of the former.