The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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Write about the ways that Coleridge tells the story in Part 7 of the poem. Various techniques were used to make part 7 of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner an interesting ending to the ballad which allowed the moral of the story which was to love all of God’s creations to clearly come through and give the poem an overall religious meaning which would result in the audience in being wiser and pushing forward the idea of religion. Part seven of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is the last part. This may mean that this particular part may have to include the moral of the story which is does. The moral of the story is to love and cherish ‘All things both great and small; For the dear God who loveth us, He made and loveth all’. This allows the reader to gain knowledge and understanding from the poem as it takes you through the tragic tale of the Mariner and in the end you, as the reader have been able to learn that all of God’s creations must be seen as beautiful. As soon as part seven begins the audience are introduced to the five lined stanzas. This is significant as the majority of the poem fluctuates between having four line stanzas to six line stanzas. The reasoning behind the five lined stanzas may be the result of the beginning of something new for The Mariner as the ‘Hermit’ is introduced. ‘This Hermit’ can signify redemption. He hears the mariner’s confession and pronounces a penance, requiring the mariner to tell his tale over the world to warn others of the consequences of sin. This is shown, as in the descriptions, it informs the reader that ‘the penance of life falls on’ the ancient mariner. This could show that the Mariner has entered a stage of self-punishment.
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