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(A Comparison Of Poe’s Raven And Coleridge’s Albatros)

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Coleridge and Poe are both known for writing incredible horror stories. There most famous stories are The Raven, Poe, and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Coleridge. Both stories were the first of their kind and were written around the same time. These poems have many things in common and many other things not in common. The main focus here is the symbolism of the birds in the poem. The poems are in fact based around the birds and their meanings. There are three main points to compare between the symbolism of the birds, they are; the birds both being an omen, the birds giving a feeling of remorse or prosperity, and the birds creating a false hope.

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"Wretch," I cried, "thy God hath lent thee—by these angels he hath sent thee Respite—respite and nepenthe, from thy memories of Lenore;” The narrator is reminded of his late wife Lenore by the Raven and he feels great remorse thinking about her. The Albatross on the other hand, brings the mainers joy and a sense of prosperity. According to Laura Keller, “The Albatross because it is such a powerful bird that can travel for extreme distances without resting, means a great deal to sailors. Sailors often see themselves as flightless Albatross’ crossing vast oceans and braving the elements.” This shows just how powerful the sighting of the Albatross is and also why the mariners lose their cool when it is shot.

Finally, both birds give the narrator in The Raven, and the mariners in Rime of the Ancient Mariner, false hope. The Mariners all see the Albatross and go crazy with joy, they think that they will all be going home soon. That all comes to a screeching halt when someone puts an arrow through it. All the hope the men on that ship had just fell out of the sky like a glass bottle and shattered on the ground. Anthony Silver said this about the Mariners, “The Albatross meant everything to these men, even though they were probably going to die trapped in the...

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