How Is Personification Used In The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

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“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” was one of the most known poems during the Romantic Age. The poem was written in the eighteenth century by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It depicts the tale of a man on his way to a wedding with two of his friends when he gets stopped by a gray bearded mariner. The Mariner then tells him about his strange and ghastly adventures out on the sea. “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” famous for its use of literary elements such as personification, similes, and assonance. Throughout the poem Coleridge uses the literary element of personification addressing nonliving objects as a person referring to them using a pronoun. In part one of the long poem, personification is used when describing the sun: The sun came up on the left, Out of the sea came he! And he shone bright, and on the right Went down into the sea. (Lines 25-28) The Mariner acknowledges the sun as a man when describing his the patterns of the sun rising and setting to the Wedding Guest. Further on in the poem the Mariner gives life to a storm, “And now the storm-blast came, and he/ was tyrannous and strong” (Lines 41-42). This use of personification gives the effect of the storm being so strong that it is no…show more content…
Early on in the poem the Mariner recalls how cold it was and the color of a certain iceberg as it passed his ship, “And ice mast-high came floating by,/ As green as emerald” (Lines 53-54). In this comparison the reader can understand what shade of green the Mariner is referring to which can be interpreted as algae from the iceberg being in the sea for so long. Later in his journey the Mariner describes the way his crewmen rose from the dead; he explains to the Wedding Guest that “They raised their limbs like lifeless tools” (Line 339). This simile describes the other dead mariner’s coming to life but still remaining emotionless and

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