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How does S.T. Coleridge create an atmosphere of mystery in his poem 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'?

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How does S.T. Coleridge create and atmosphere of mystery in his poem 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'? In this poem an old sailor tells a story to a wedding guest. The story tells us about a voyage and how the sailor shoots the Albatross, the crew die and he gets back to his homeland. The title 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' creates a lot more mystery rather than 'The Story of the Old Sailor'. Part one In section one the ancient mariner stops just one of three people. This makes us ponder on why he just stopped one of three people. Also by talking in present tense it makes you feel as if you are actually in the poem. The contrast of an old man and a young man is quite strange as normally they would not have even talked. The Mariner is hypnotic because it says 'he holds him with his skinny hand'. It then goes on to say 'The wedding guest stood still, and listens like a three years' child: the Mariner hath his will'. The sailors were scared of the storm as it seemed alive. The Mariner says 'he was tyrannous and strong'. ...read more.


This is because it says 'her lips were red, her looks were free, her locks were yellow as gold: her skin was as white as leprosy'. Part four The Mariner emphasizes his loneliness by saying 'alone, alone, all, all, alone, alone on a wide wide see!'. He mentions 'and I blessed them unaware' twice to emphasize it. The quote 'the many men, so beautiful! And they all dead did lie' this is quite odd how now that they are dead they become beautiful. This could be interpreted to them seeming graceful because they are so peaceful and helpless. It adds to the atmosphere when one of the listeners says 'I fear thee, ancient Mariner! I fear thy skinny hand!' the listeners is basically saying that he thinks that the mariner is dead. There is a good use of description when he goes on to say 'And thou art long, and lank, and brown, As is the ribbed sea-sand'. There is a great emphasis on 'And a thousand thousand slimy things'. The mariner is becoming quite disheartened when everything he looks at is seen as rotting, such as 'I looked upon the rotting sea' and 'I looked upon the rotting deck'. ...read more.


Is this the hill? Is this the kirk? Is this mine own countree!' here he is asking many questions because he is excited and wants to be sure that it is his home. Part seven There is repetition in this when he says 'the boat spun round and round'. The mariner then just gets out of the boat when 'the ship went down like lead'. This shows how worn and fragile the ship was after the long journey. There is also repetition in the line 'O shrieve me, shrieve me, holy man!'. There is a simile that links the mariner to night and it says 'I pass, like night, from land to land'. He tells them that 'I have strange power of speech' this is how he can get people to listen to his story. After the long and terrible journey that the mariner has been on 'I moved my lips--the Pilot shrieked' this is a way of getting people to understand just how bad his journey has been. Conclusion The rime of the ancient mariner has shown to be mysterious by the ways in which I have talked about. These are things like repetition to really get the point across. Also used are similes to project an image into the readers head. There is use of personification to make things like the moon and sun have emotions. Thomas Rolfe Year 11 English ...read more.

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