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Show how Samuel Taylor Coleridge made his imagery and phrases in the poem 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner' vivid.

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Rime of the Ancient Mariner Essay The aim of this essay is to show how Samuel Taylor Coleridge made his imagery and phrases in the poem 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner' vivid. At the end I will list them and conclude why I thought it was good. To me, 'skinny hand' gives a clear bold image in my head of someone that is malnourished and doesn't eat as much as they need to. You can build on this and create a picture of their whole body; bones stretching their skin creating almost a ghostly image. It makes me shudder thinking of this and to meet them would give me an experience of the living dead. Of course they may be ill, weak and be on their last legs, their skin could be wrinkled and tough. Overall these two words bring together a scary, weird character. When you are old you lose the pigment in your hair and sometimes your mind can go slightly strange and take hold of you. 'Grey-beard loon' clearly portrays this to me. Not shaving is a good reference to his sea days, as on the wide open water it is hard to do. As he is not used to shaving that is why he has a beard. Beards can also be the sign of someone who has great wisdom and knowledge. ...read more.

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To not be able to cry out in pain must mean you are in a horrible state. Using black lips shows they are already burnt, scabby and chapped, so from this one word the extent of pain can be enlarged and made more predominant. Baked is usually a term for when you have cooked something and is a 'hot' word, having that done to you must be excruciatingly painful. Having a parched dry throat crying out for water also creates the same effect as black lips baked. 'Hot and copper sky' is referring to two senses rather than one so it will be bolder to imagine because it uses more of the mind up. Hot is a bold world and copper is a nice colour that glints and shines which stands out but is soft at the same time. These two together create a nice picture. He refers to the sun as bloody, developing the idea it is evil and bad. When you give something a character, a reference of how it behaves or what is like it brings it to life like a person, which is more easily understandable for us. 'No bigger than the Moon' shows that although its size is not big it is still extremely powerful and that even though it is millions of miles away the damage it can cause is extreme. ...read more.

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On the other hand, she could be ill, and pale, it doesn't reveal this from this phrase alone. The fact there is a looming black cloud and it is night presents an eerie atmosphere as though something bad is going to happen. By saying the moon is still at its side reflects it has been going on for some time, the poet makes it seem as though they are a pair once together, could cause destruction. It is a sort of use of personification. 'Like waters shot from some high crag, the lightning fell with never a jag, a river steep and wide.' The lightning is striking strangely in a straight line like a rush of water plunging down creating a mini waterfall that turns into a great river. It starts small and ends big like the lightning strike causing destruction. The scene it creates is one of a great storm of supreme atrocity, terror and fear. The strike of lightning creates a great image, from the vivid blue colour it produces. The words he uses, and the rhyme of crag and jag add to the scene and I think they were the right choice. In conclusion Samuel Taylor Coleridge used many different ways of making his imagery and phrases vivid; repetition, similes and metaphors, personification, contrast, use of old and interesting language. He used them all in a good balance to keep the reader enthralled and occupied to the very end. ...read more.

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