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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Part 5

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Meg Mazer

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Transcript of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Part 5

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Part V
Plot
The Mariner is amazed by forces of nature he never noticed before, such as the wind, the Moon, and the aurora australis.
The benevolent spirit of the South Pole begins to move the ship towards the Equator.
The Mariner faints, and upon regaining some level of consciousness hears the voices of two spirits talking about his sin.
The spirits discuss the cruel and unnecessary actions of the Mariner and the penance he must do to regain the full favour of God.
Setting
The ship encounters the Southern spirit at the South Pole in Antarctica, “the land of mist and snow”.
With the aid of the spirit, the ship is brought back to the Equator, which the Mariner refers to as “the Line”.
The Mariner, despite regaining God’s favour, is still imprisoned on the ship and later, after fainting, in his own body.

Analysis - Question 1
What does the first voice ask?
Analysis - Question 2
What does the second voice reply?
Poetic Devices
Stanza One
Rhyme change from part IV and V
Part IV - Enjambment
Part V - End rhymes
Apostrophe
Biblical allusion
Stanza Two
Extra unstressed syllable (conveys informality, speed, jollity)
→ “And when I awoke, it rained”
Stanza Three
Alliteration
→ “drunken”, “dreams”, “drank”
Poetic Devices (Continued)
Stanza Four
Caesura
Creates ominous, dramatic sense
Stanza Six
Extra line, entire rhyme scheme changes from abxb to abccb
Stanza Seven
Polysyndeton
Stanza Nine
Slant rhyme
Creates discordancy, feeling of chaos.
Poetic Devices (Continued)
Stanza Thirteen + Fourteen
Symbol
"spirits blest"
Stanza Fifteen
Personification
“Sun"
Stanza Sixteen + Seventeen
Juxtaposition
Symbol
Sky lark
Stanza Eighteen
Alliteration
“ceased”, “still”, “sails”, “pleasant”, “noise”. “sleeping”, “Singeth”
Stanza Nineteen
Assonance of ‘ee

sound
Alliteration of the ‘buh’ sound
“breeze”, breathe”, “beneath”
Poetic Devices (Continued)
Stanza Twenty
Assonance
(the sound created by the i)
Alliteration
(the sound ‘ss’)
“mist”, “spirit”, “slid”, “ship”, “still”
Stanza Twenty-One
Repetition
“short uneasy motion”
Stanza Twenty Four + Twenty Five
Rhetorical question is asked
◦Discussion between the voices
Stanza Twenty Six
Anadiplosis
◦Unity, resolution, and a sense of forward momentum
The first voice asks, “‘Is it he? … Is this the man? / By him who died on cross / With his cruel bow he laid full low / The harmless Albatross’”.

The blind senselessness associated with innate evil
Biblical allusion: a reference to the Bible
Parallel between the suffering of Jesus and the suffering of the albatross
“‘The man hath penance done, / And penance more will do’”.
Anadiplosis
The repetition of the last word or words of phrase or sentence at the beginning of the next
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