Science and Romance are ideal counterparts. Science is logical, and systematic, whereas, romance is strictly emotion and compassion. These two concepts combined create a world of wonder, reckless passion, and fascination. In the 18th century, philosophers refined Enlightenment rationalism, by including “new imaginative intensity and excitement to scientific work,” which sparked the second scientific revolution: Romantic Science. A product of this new movement, The Rime of The Ancient Mariner, is a literary ballad, which exemplifies Romantic Science by illustrating central tones of the Romanticist archetype.
Exploratory voyages to alien places, metaphysics, and mystical encounters are the dominant tones that communicate the Romanticist epitome in the beginning of the ballad. The protagonist engages in spontaneity that leads him into a life of solitary, grief, and guilt. He becomes tortured by life-in-death until he has a eureka moment; realizes the love of beauty and nature, and is set free from the burdens.
In the ballad, The Rime of The Ancient Mariner, The Mariner and his shipmates, go on a exploratory voyage, to the equator, but “came both mist and snow, and it grew wondrous cold: And ice, mast-high, came floating by […] the ice was all between.” No living things were seen, until an Albatross appeared “Through the fog it came; as if it had been a Christian soul [they] hailed it in God‘s name.” The Albatross is being related to Christianity, which gives him metaphysical characteristics. The seamen did not perceive the Albatross as a inferior animal, they saw him as a symbol of hope to lead them out of their troubles. They become fascinated with the bird; treat him with great hospitality, and as if the Albatross had supernatural powers “The ice did split with a thunder-fit; The helmsman steered [them] through!” This exemplifies Romantic Science, as it is a very mysterious and metaphysical moment; establishes that normal objects, such as a bird, can represent other ideas, such as hope.
While on his journey, the Mariner displays unconstrained behavior, by murdering the spiritual Albatross. By doing this, he also murders the spiritual bond...