Coleridge's Ancient Mariner by J. C. C. Mays (auth.)

By J. C. C. Mays (auth.)

This is the 1st book-length research to learn the "Ancient Mariner" as "poetry," in Coleridge's personal specific feel of the note. Coleridge's complex courting with the "Mariner" as an experimental poem lies in its beginning as a joint undertaking with Wordsworth. J. C. C. Mays lines the alterations within the numerous types released in Coleridge's lifetime and exhibits how Wordsworth's stricken response to the poem encouraged its next interpretation. this is often additionally the 1st publication to situate the "Mariner" within the context of the whole lot of Coleridge's prose and verse, now to be had within the Bollingen gathered version and Notebooks; that's, not just when it comes to different poems like "The Ballad of the darkish Ladiè" and "Alice du Clós," but additionally to principles in his literary feedback (especially Biographia Literaria), philosophy, and theology. utilizing a mix of shut analyzing and wide old issues, reception concept, and booklet background, Mays surveys the poem's carrying on with existence in illustrated versions and academic textbooks; its passage in the course of the vicissitudes of recent feedback and significant conception; and, in a last bankruptcy, its brilliant affinities with a few experimental poems of the current time.

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And, as the story advances and its complexity increases, the repeated refrain that anticipates or recalls the death of the albatross at the close of so many parts offers a kind of reassurance. These repetitions mark a point of rest in this extra-long ballad (readers today might think of them as pit stops or parking-places, a time for rest). The poem by such means sets up conditions that engage readers completely and yet it treats them with care. It allows a strong element of contradiction they feel as freedom; or call it ventilation that allows a free spirit to enter.

Worstward Ho in Company, Etc. ed. Van Hulle 81. 6. “Towards an Open Universe” 137. 7. The anonymously edited “Laureate Poetry Books” Selections from Coleridge (Edwin Arnold, 1930) and James Fenton’s selection in an untitled author series published by Faber and Faber (2006; in subsequent paperback format included in The Poet-to-Poet Series). 8. I add that it strongly reinforces James Boulger’s argument about the Calvinist strain in Coleridge’s theological thinking, although it is not TAKING BEARINGS, SETTING A COURSE 9.

Meynell is picking up on the Coleridgean supernatural as numinous: out of the mouth of fools and children come things that transcend earth- and sea-bound characters and events, and connect with experiences that lie beyond ordinary knowledge. She is excused from expanding on what she means because her positive is defined by what she exaggerated as its negative. She saw a numinous value as the true reward pointed to by Coleridge’s words, even as it exceeded their reach. The three paragraphs above map the task of the present chapter, which is first to describe how the poem works, beginning with its basic appeal: its material signs of life.

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