Use Of Literary Devices In The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

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Rime Of The Ancient Mariner Rime Of The Ancient Mariner written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is a classic example of a poem made in the romantic era. It tells the tale of an ancient mariner's adventure and hard-ships of overcoming death,insanity,and his own duality of good and evil. The Mariner and his crew are out at sea in utter hardship while their ship is at a standstill surrounded by fog and ice. Out of nowhere an albatross zooms out of the mist and lands on their ship, they hail it as a Godsend. Suddenly their fortunes begin to change, the fog and ice clears and a strong wind blows, propelling the ship. Then, the mariner shoots the albatross, which begins a domino effect of curses and bad fortune for his crew and himself. Rime Of The…show more content…
The first major literary device that jumps out to me would definitely be Coleridge's use of repetition. The famous line "Water, water, everywhere / And all the boards did shrink / Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink." His repetition of the word "water" emphasizes his use of irony, because it shows that even though they are sur-rounded by water, they can not have any to drink . Another literary device that the author uses is simile. When Coleridge uses this literary technique it paints a picture in the mind of the reader, and describes how something feels, which helps us more deeply understand what is happening. "It raised my hair, it fanned my cheek / like a meadow gale of spring." This example of simile tells the reader in a more detailed and relatable way of how the wind that blew the ship felt on him. Personification is also a prominent literary device used in Rime Of The Ancient Mariner. The author uses personification to connect us with what is being personified, which can help readers understand and see the non-human objects more clearly. When the author says "The death-fires danced at night," he is describing the manner in which the "death-fires" moved, which helps the reader get a clear picture in their mind. Lastly, Coleridge uses an aplenty of alliteration throughout the poem. The author uses alliteration to give rhythm…show more content…
Coleridge uses both obvious and subtle examples to make strong connections to God. The most obvious example is the alba-tross. When it comes to the crew, they hail it as a godsend. They believe that the bird was going to save them and bring them salvation, exactly as Jesus does. Another example, was the crew coming back to life after dying. This is also connected to Jesus because after he was hung on the cross and died, he resurrected. Lastly a quote from the poem itself "He prayeth best, who loveth best / All things both great and small / For the dear God loveth us / He made and loveth all." This quote is a direct example of Christianity, it explains how we should love all things no matter how big or small, because he made and loves all

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