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The Ancient Mariner Is A Wise Man (An Essay About The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner)

1077 words - 5 pages

Samuel Coleridge was an amazing poet. Many of his poems have a crazy, mystical feeling to them. This, for the most part, is because he was usually high on drugs when he wrote his poems. His poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, is the poem that brought about many popular, widely written-about topics. The movies, The Pirates of the Caribbean, come from this poem. The whole idea of people being dead, but still, somehow, able to function comes from this poem. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is one of the most influential poems of the English language. A sailor tells a story to a young wedding guest. Here is a brief summary: the sailor was on a ship which got caught in a current, and ...view middle of the document...

The mariner, while fulfilling his penance, gives his listeners a very large lesson about human life.
First of all, the mariner’s penance was to find young people who would listen to him, and tell them his story. “I know the man that must hear me: To him my tale I teach.” That is why he tells the young wedding guest in the first place. Now, it seems that traveling around to tell people his story is quite pointless. It’s a cool story, but what’s the point of wasting people’s time telling it to them? There is a deeper meaning to the mariner’s story. Penance is something that people do to be forgiven. It also serves the purpose of making things right again. This guy’s penance is to make sure that people don’t make the mistakes that he made.
As a result of the way the mariner tells his story, the listener is drastically changed. “He went like one that hath been stunned And is of sense forlorn: A sadder and a wiser man, He rose the morrow morn.” The story saddens the listener. The mariner put into a perspective that the young man could understand the mistakes that people like him make every day. Maybe the young wedding guest had never really thought about it before. When he is done listening to the mariners tale, though, he is sad. He may have been guilty, himself, of the crimes against which the mariner cautions. He is saddened that before he heard the sailor’s story, he had never done anything to stop it. Instead of going to the wedding to party hard and have a blast, the young man goes home to sleep. When he wakes up in the morning, he is both sadder and wiser than he had been before. Sadness seems to come with wisdom.
Therefore, the story he told to young people he found was a story meant to give people respect for nature. “He prayeth best, who loveth best All things both great and small; For the dear God who...

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