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21. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner -Jan 10.docx

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Western University
English 1022E
Nigmendra Narain

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner January 10, 2013 Page 1098 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge Collaborative poem with Wordworth, but he broke off near the end so Coleridge finished it  At this time, people were greatly interested in the sea and Captain James Cooke o Royal Navy, the coast of Australia. The “Great Unknown”  Compact emotional passages –poems o Hard to read because there is so much not directly stated  A long poem –subdivided into parts (cantos, chapters, fits, etc.) o Often a Series of short poems strung together  Ie. cantebury tales o Some are poems that an author writes throughout their life and gets put into a book  Ie. walt witman o Can do whatever it wants to do o Edgar Allen Poe hated the long poem, after 100 lines it isn’t a poem anymore in his view……the Raven. o Content and form can be anything...complete freedom !  This poem is a ballad. Not long enough to ever be printed on its own! Title is still in quotations o Paradise lost is 12 books long, therefore separately published, therefore can be underlined, not in quotations  Ballads: o Tell a story –a narrative with a beginning middle and end o Story told by: the Mariner –first person narrative o Typically oral forms of story telling o Song that is often of a simple story that most people knew. Often repeated o Popular stories o One of the oldest forms of English poetry o Popular ballad –most of the population could not read or write at this time, so stories were oral in a simple rhyme scheme as to be enjoyed by the masses o Eventually got printed and gra
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