Coleridge's Poems

How Coleridge treats the nature in his poem "the ancient Mariner"

how he treats the nature,his uses of symbols to teat the nature and how he mingle it with supernaturalism.

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The following quote comes from Coleridge himself in regeards to writing the series of poems which includes, The Ancient Mariner.

"During the first year that Mr. Wordsworth and I were neighbours, our conversations turned frequently on the two cardinal points of poetry, the power of exciting the sympathy of the reader by a faithful adherence to the truth of nature, and the power of giving the interest of novelty by the modifying colours of imagination. The sudden charm, which accidents of light and shade, which moonlight or sunset, diffused over a known and familiar landscape, appeared to represent the practicability of combining both. These are the poetry of nature. The thought suggested itself (to which of us I do not recollect) that a series of poems might be composed of two sorts. In the one, the incidents and agents were to be, in part at least, supernatural; and the excellence aimed at was to consist in the interesting of the affections by the dramatic truth of such emotions, as would naturally accompany such situations, supposing them real. And real in this sense they have been to every human being who, from whatever source of delusion, has at any time believed himself under supernatural agency. For the second class, subjects were to be chosen from ordinary life; the characters and incidents were to be such as will be found in every village and its vicinity where there is a meditative and feeling mind to seek after them, or to notice them when they present themselves."

Coleridge focused on the supernatural truth of nature, those things which are considered to be Holy. It's romentic, and yet it's also written from a religious standpoint that emphasizes the relationship we have with God through nature, an in turn his relationship with us as humanity.


The Ancient Mariner