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In the Arrival of the Bee Box and the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, compare the ways in which the choice of language, detail and the form, tell us about the feelings of the writer.

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In the Arrival of the Bee Box and the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, compare the ways in which the choice of language, detail and the form, tell us about the feelings of the writer. In both poems, a range of literacy devices are used in order to express the feelings of the writers. Plath's poem is written similarly to the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and yet they are different in many ways. Plath wrote her poem in 1962 and Coleridge wrote his poem in the 1700's or early 1800's, and the style of writing differ, as Plath's writing seems to be more emotive, whereas Coleridge's work seems to have a more a gothic theme to it. One of the main literacy devices used in both poems is the extended metaphor. Plath uses the metaphor to show the box as a symbol of her life and how she wants to escape from it, but can't because of the consequences. "The box is locked, it is dangerous." I think she feels trapped within her life and the depression of everything is getting to her. She wants to get out and experience other things, but feels that she has created her life and therefore must live with it, "I ordered this, this clean wood box/ I have to live with it ...read more.


The poem is structured in such a disorientated way, because I think Plath is trying to express her feelings of being confused about what to do with her life, therefore the distorted form gives this feeling. Repetition is used quite often throughout the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, but not so often in The Arrival of the Bee Box. In Coleridge's poem, personally, I think that he uses repetition to express how he is feeling at that point. The more times you hear a specific line, the more of a picture is created in ones head. "For all averred, I had killed the bird, / that made the breeze to blow! / Ah wretch! said they, the bird to slay, / That made the breeze to blow!" This suggests to me that, the mariner is trying to express his sin that he has committed and how bad it was, as it was the Albatross that saved them from the ice. In the next stanza, it repeats, "For all averred, I had killed the bird" This emphasises my point in saying that the Mariner repeats the lines in which he feels most strongly about. Here he repeats about killing the Albatross after it rescued them. ...read more.


She is merely trying to tell people about how she feels, rather than trying to prove a point or such, in which you would use strong punctuation to do. Coleridge, on the other hand, uses strong punctuation when he uses speech, in order to try to express the point that it is sinful to kill one of God's precious creatures. Plath successfully shows her feelings to the reader, but Coleridge uses an extra device in order to show how he is feeling, pathetic fallacy. By the use of the weather he shows when he is happy and when he is sad. "Glimmered the white moon - shine" this gives me the feeling that something scary is about to happen, as the moon light shines down on the people. This is the point in the play in which the albatross is shot, therefore showing that something bad happened. After the albatross is dead, the mariner feels guilty and cursed.. "The stars were dim, and thick the night" this shows me that the mariner feels guilty of killing the bird and his life is now dark because of the sin he has created. Therefore the use of pathetic fallacy creates the scene for what Coleridge is trying to express, as well as a more vivid picture in one's head. Both poets are successful in showing their feelings through a number of literacy devices, and through the forms of the poems. ...read more.

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