The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is the best poem of S.T. Coleridge. It is a long but highly enjoyable text in English literature and is read by hundreds of thousands of students around the world. This poem has remained alive since it was first published and is one of the most famous poems in English literature. In this poem, the poet S.T. Coleridge has used imagery extensively and throughout the poem we can find very good and skilled examples of use of imagery. As a result of this skill of S.T. Coleridge, this poem has become even more enjoyable and very few poems contain such artistic and grand skill of using imagery in highest level. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a poem that has brought immortality to S.T. Coleridge in the history of English literature.
At times, the images used in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner are strikingly visual. "A painted ship upon a painted ocean"- when we think of these few words from this poem, we can imagine easily the ship in the ocean. The ship is colorful just like the ocean and the description is beautiful.
Coleridge has used sound images too. For example, "cracked", "growled" and "roared" again when we just read these two words in our aloud we feel a kind of image that becomes alive in our mind.
Coleridge has drawn extensively from Bible while using examples in this poem. Albatross dies by a `crossbow', "I beheld a something in the sky", and "were casting dice" these are related to the Bible and there is a Christian moral tone in the poem. There is the issue of crime, punishment and redemption and God is forgiving. The main message of Jesus Christ is forgiveness and this forgiveness has been used in a good way by Coleridge in the poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Coleridge was a scholar and he studied Bible very well.
We have seen concrete images described above but Coleridge was good in using abstract images too.
"Fear at my heart, as at a cup,
My life-blood seemed to sip!