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The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

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1. “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” is a poem about the struggles a mariner goes through on his voyage on the sea. It is said that, “the dead men stood together,” on his ship’s deck. The curse that has caused his sailors to die is not specified and also not forgotten by the captain. The ship continues to sail as, “there breathed a wind on [the mariner]”. The wind gust only blew on the sailor and the hairs on his neck proceeded to stand up. This implies the curse that took the other sailors’ lives. It is showing its presence to the lone man and the despair and regret he feels. Finally, the sailor reaches harbor where “a seraph-man, on every corpse there stood”. This quote explains ...view middle of the document...

3. The intended audience for the piece is people that are interested in poetry. However, it is also for people that enjoy adventure. The man is on a voyage and has to deal with the despair and loneliness he has from losing all his shipmates. When the author says, “there breathed a wind on [the mariner]” the reader can infer the hallucinations the mariner is experiencing from dealing with the tragedy of losing his sailors. The reader can relate to the poem if they have ever have dealt with tragedy or if they enjoy adventure. The storyline also involves a mystery as to what the curse is and why it caused the sailors to die. Finally religious people would enjoy the poem because it alludes to the Bible when it tells of how angels welcomed the sailor home and that he wanted to confess his sins so he could be cleansed.
4. The author’s main purpose was to tell of one of his voyages that went awry. He remembered the dead soldiers as they, “all stood together on the deck, for a charnel-dungeon fitter”. The speaker means that a slaughter house would be more fitting as he looked at all of his dead sailors. The speaker wants to inform the reader of the dangers of traveling to the Bermuda Triangle and how he was able to see the angels of his friends after they had went to heaven. As he approaches the land that has the angels on it he proceeds to say, “Oh, Christ! What I saw there!” He was filled with fear and joy as he found his dead shipmates, and so he wrote a poem about his interactions on the sea.
5. The speaker is first person; however there are multiple voices in this short section of the poem. The first voice...

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