The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Discussion over The Rime of the Ancient Mariner For your discussion board journal assignment, respond to one or more of the following reading questions over “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” with a thoughtful, insightful, and well-written paragraph. Why did the Mariner shoot the albatross?  What, if any, symbolic value does the action take on in the poem? What is the significance of the Mariner’s blessing of the sea snakes?  What happens as a result? Why is the pilot afraid of the mariner?  What is significant about the Hermit’s reaction to him? Explain the relationship between the present narrative and the past narrative in the poem.  Why is it important for the Mariner to tell his story?  Who or what forces him to do so? Why does the wedding guest rise “a sadder and a wiser man” in the morn?  What knowledge does he gain, and why does it make him sad? Discuss the moral of the poem.  To what extent do you agree with Coleridge’s criticism of the “obtrusion of the moral sentiment”?  If these lines were not here, what moral might you assign to the poem? To what extent does the supernatural agency in the poem add or detract from the poem?  Why? What does the poem gain from the ballad tradition that it emulates?  How does it differ? How does the marginal commentary relate to the poem?  In what ways might this opposition between prose and poetry represent the opposition between reason and imagination?  To what extent does the poem reconcile this opposition? Does the poem convey a sense of justice?  Why or why not?

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