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How does Coleridge tell the story in part 3 of Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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How does Coleridge tell the story in part 3? Úna Richards 26/03/2013 The opening line of part 3 in the first stanza, ‘THERE passed a weary time’, indicates to the reader that the Mariner is still in a state of suffering, continued from part 2. The capitalisation of the word, ‘there’, suggests that nature’s torture is only being directed at those on the ship. Coleridge furthers the idea of nature’s torture in this stanza through his use of death imagery, ‘each throat was parched and glazed each eye.’ The word, ‘glazed’ implies a sort of mental vacancy or vegetation, whilst ‘parched’ denotes that they are completely dried out, not only are they dehydrated but they are dried out in the sense that the Mariner has now completely lost any remnant of hope and faith in nature. The enjambment in the line is used to highlight and emphasise the extent of the dehydration among the ship’s crew. However, by the 5th line, the tone of the stanza has become less sullen, shown through Coleridge’s deviation from the ballad form. ...read more.

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Within the sestet, Coleridge uses a number of literary devices in order to communicate the danger the Mariner?s ship is now facing. We see the poet use elemental imagery with the quote, ?the western wave was all-aflame.? The pairing of two conflicting elements, water and fire, almost seems unnatural, and is an example of the poem?s supernatural theme. Indeed, the imagery is used to indicate to the reader that the Mariner is now dealing with something supernatural. Coleridge also uses symbolism through the quote, ?that strange shape drove suddenly betwist us and the Sun.? At this point, the Mariner is blocked from any source of light, and arguably, as God created light, this means he is completely cut off from God, and as a result any kind of assistance from God is being obstructed. Essentially, the mariner is unable to be protected or defended against any kind of harmful or supernatural being by this point. Similar symbolism is used in stanza 8, as ?the Sun was flecked with bars?, suggesting that the sun has now been imprisioned by this object. ...read more.

Conclusion

In stanzas 15, 16 and 17, Coleridge implies to the reader that Life-in-Death and Death?s trivialised game of death has led to the mariners? deaths? with the exemption of the Ancient Mariner. Already, on the first line of the 15th stanza, the ?star-dogged Moon? suggests that change is near. The Mariner communicates his constant guilt to the reader by prolonging the first line, ?one after one?, the caesura, used to emphasise the slowing down of pace, also helps to reflect his remorse about the other mariners, who he feels responsible for. However, by the 16th stanza he speaks in a somewhat detached way as speaks with mathematical language, rather than emotionally engaged language, ?four times fifty living men,? despite his guilt. Alternatively, the Mariner may have become desensitised after, apparently, centuries of telling this story. Coleridge uses onomatopeoia in order to create a more vivid perception in the reader?s mind, ?heavy thump, a lifeless lump.? The internal rhyme is used to heighten our auditory and visual senses even more, as it echoes the sound created by ?thump?. The onomatopeic language is also used to echo the fact that the Mariner is now completely isolated. ...read more.

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