Rime Of The Ancient Mariner Analysis

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Hillier, Russell M. "Coleridge's Dilemma And The Method Of "Sacred Sympathy": Atonement As Problem And Solution In "The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner.." Papers On Language & Literature 45.1 (2009): 8-36. Sociological Collection. Web. 1 Apr. 2014. Hillier describes “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” as a literary work with no central resolution of concepts for interpretation. The article explores Coleridge’s personal issues with Christianity at the time and how this affected The Rime and moreover the relationship between the story of the crucifixion and the albatross and mariner. Atonement receives attention as the foothold into the story and whether atoning leads to redemption through Christianity. Throughout the piece, Hillier addresses Coleridge’s uncertainty over the “moral validity of atonement” (Hillier 10). Hillier argues Coleridge, “treats the Albatross and the Mariner as Jesus figures in what amounts to an argument about the potentially negative of positive efficacy of the redemption” (Hillier 9). The Rime, therefore, acts as a look into Coleridge’s developing religious philosophy with the Albatross representing the figure of Christ on the cross and the Mariner as the cross. Reading The Rime through this lens depicts the story of Christ and the folly of man through violence. Watkins, Daniel P. "History As Demon In Coleridge's The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner." Papers On Language & Literature 24.1 (1988): 23. Sociological Collection. Web. 1 Apr. 2014. Through "History as Demon in Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," Daniel Watkins asserts that historical and social contexts create a foil for the prevalent Christian ideology. Watkins argues, "the narrative is a symbolic formulation of the contradictions and struggl... ... middle of paper ... ...e challenges that the Gloss of 1817 received a number of criticisms but Warren proceeded to take most of his interpretation regardless, “The nastiest Gloss receives the highest concentration of theorizing from Mr. Warren, who appreciates the difficulty of accepting our standard text” (Empson 157). Empsonadmits symbolism has validity, but criticizes the interpretation by Warren of the astronomical and spiritual aspects of the poem. Empson also provides a background context for Coleridge’s inner conflict and religious confusion supporting his own interpretation. At the conclusion, Empson denounces the religious overtones of the Gloss stating, “it takes away from the mystic, legendary tone of the complex and psychological poem” (Empson 175). In Empson’s critical lens, the worth of the poem comes from its complexity which Warren ignores through his “limited” viewpoint.
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