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The Lake Poets Essay

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The Lake Poets were a group of English poets who lived in the Lake District. They are only writers who worked together. They are also called the poets of nature. Nature, law of nature is seen in most of their poems. I am going get through some of these poems and try to describe whether they show parallels as the poets' lives did or not.Lives of Coleridge and Wordsworth show many parallels. They both went to Cambridge University. In 1797 the two lived close to each other in Somerset. The result of this of was important a collection of Lyrical Ballads. Very important part of Lyrical Ballads is The Rime of the Ancient Mariner which appeared as the first poem in the collection. At the beginning a wedding guest is stopped by the mariner, even he is in haste, he is hypnotized and listens to the story. The story of ancient Mariner starts with a sea voyage. The ship gets stuck in the ice in the South Pole. Albatross, a symbol of good luck, comes and helped and even though it is shot by the mariner. And now punishment begins, the wind stops to blow and they run out of water: "Day after day, day after/We stuck, ne breath ne motion."; "Water, water, everywhere/Ne any drop to drink." The mariner is blamed for this situation. When they see other ship coming they hope for rescuing but her crew consists of Death and "Nightmare Life-in-Death" who are gambling for sailors souls. Everyone died but the mariner, he stays alive alone: "alone, alone all, all alone,/ alone on a wide wide sea." Then there a dialog between two sprits which are pulling the ship to the equator. The mariner is then rescued, even though he is seen as the devil but he is forced to tell his story over and over.The main theme of the poem is guilt and punishment. The mariner broke the law of the nature. He killed the albatross with no reason and the punishment is necessary. It comes soon under a mask of never-ending "life". By telling his story he is supposed to warn other people to do something similar. It is like warning of the nature through the mariner. That is why he is the only one who survived.The Female Vagrant, written by Wordsworth, appears as the 6th poem of Lyrical Ballads. It is emotional story of a woman who lost everyone. It begins similar as 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' she is found by someone starts to tell her story. In the first part she loses her father. He was religious man:"My father was good and pious man", very honest:"An honest man by honest parents bred" and never did any harm to anyone even though he became unhappy, ill and died. His daughter is also very religious but after all what happened, her relationship to the God changes. At the begging she believes and loves God and his teaching: "And in his hearing there my prayers I said"; "I read, and loved the books in which I read --/For books in every neighbouring house I sought,/And nothing to my mind a sweeter pleasure brought." When her father is ill he still keeps praying but she cannot: "Bidding me trust in...

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