The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" has all rights to bear the name of the best poetic creation among the British Lake School works. It reminds the size of the English folk ballads and gives a hint that the author wants the reader to sing it. No doubt, the poetic language creates a melody, but the meaning amazes even deeper. The poem is the lifetime story, rich in colours and emotions.
The old man, the hero of the poem, is doomed to suffer because of the sins he committed. In the seas, where the Byronic heroes are desperately fighting in battles and revel in love with beautiful nymphs and savages, he sees nothing, but spirits, who threaten and forgive. It is the story about the connection with the human visible world and the spiritual one. In the strange sailor’s story the reader can see a legend about the human contact with God and the mankind evolution before and after Christ. The ship voyage notes major steps in the spiritual development of humanity: people happily set off, but they are soon overtaken by a storm and are fated to stay among the ice in a country where nothing is alive. And only after the exhausting torment and sincere regret the destiny becomes gracious. Like the sinner having received the forgiveness of God. Coleridge emphasizes on the connection with the Bible having chosen the style, which turns the poem into a parable.
The Old Man Story
The old man story is the story of a voyage, the romantic Odyssey of the lonely soul. The image of the old murderer can be the symbol of any repentant sinner. And since there is no man who would have lived the whole life and did not sin, this image can be applied to any person. The Ancient Mariner is still haunting the world, telling the story of his crime to people.