The Ways in Which Coleridge and Crabbe Present the Themes of Justice, Isolation, Retribution and the Supernatural in Their Poems

The Ways in Which Coleridge and Crabbe Present the Themes of Justice, Isolation, Retribution and the Supernatural in Their Poems

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The Ways in Which Coleridge and Crabbe Present the Themes of
Justice, Isolation, Retribution and the Supernatural in Their Poems

Both the Rhyme Of The Ancient Mariner and Peter Grimes appear similar
in many ways. Coleridge wrote his poem long before Crabbe wrote Peter
Grimes and this could explain some of the similarities. It is almost
certain, that to an extent, Crabbe has used some of Coleridge's ideas
in T.R.O.T.A.M in his poem Peter Grimes to appeal to the audience he
was writing for.

T.R.O.T.A.M was based on a dream that Coleridge had. It was written
for commercial success and therefore has many religious and spiritual
references such as the characters the hermit and the spirits. It also
has a moral, as at the time morals were extremely important in life as
the belief was that god and the spirits decided your fate. So in order
for the poem to be popular, it had to contain a religious element and
a moral. Crabbe has also used many religious references in Peter
Grimes, for example there is a priest and spirits like in T.R.O.T.A.M.
Although this poem was also written for commercial success, the poem
was also trying to bring the publics attention to the poor law and how
badly treated many young boys were at that time. It, like the novel
"Oliver Twist" are both written to inform people about the
disadvantages of the poor law. In this way both of the poems have the
same purpose as they both contain religious and supernatural
references and morals.

Both poems tell stories of forgiveness and repent. Although the
ancient Mariner knows he has sinned, Peter Grimes does not and thinks
he is in the right, which is where the stories di...


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So the same sort of writing techniques are used in both poems to
presents the themes of isolation, injustice, retribution and the
supernatural, which is why on first thought, these poems are awfully
similar. However when looked at closely, there are many important
differences in the styles that both poets write in to present the
themes in their own individual way. Both poems are very successful at
using the description and imagery to give the feeling of isolation,
retribution, injustice and the supernatural. They both tell stories,
but again using different styles. T.R.O.T.A.M contains more direct
speech than Peter Grimes, which is a narrative poem. These are the
main ways in which each poet has produced an original poem on the
themes of isolation, retribution, injustice and the supernatural.

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