Symbols in “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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In this essay, I will be examining some of the symbols in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” Symbols were very important in this poem. Without the symbols, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” would be simply a poem about an old mariner who is telling a story about killing a bird to a guest at a wedding. Of course, anyone who reads the poem can see that there is …

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…that can apply to everyone. When reading this poem, the reader can feel much like the wedding guest, entranced and hypnotized. This is because of the symbols. Even if the reader of the poem does not consciously perceive the symbols in the verse, the subconscious mind will catch them and understand the intrinsic meaning. The symbols in “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner are therefore the part of the poem that makes it so intense.