William Blake

William Blake

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner p. 422 Form

Ballad Medieval form of poetry intended to be sung Narrative poem in short stanzas

Uses repetition of words and sounds (alliteration and assonance) for dramatic effect Balladic effects enhance sense of spiritual

stagnation/isolation Form Seven-Part Structure

SevenBiblical number of completion Traces spiritual cycle of crime, punishment, redemption

Mariner as Christ figurebringing spiritual truth to community Form

Frame Narrative Provides credibility through real-world settingwedding feast Provides credibility through

everyman characterwedding guest Form

Frame Narrative Provides credibility through real-world settingwedding feast Provides credibility through

everyman characterwedding guest Introduces themes of central narrative community vs.

individualism/isolation Central Narrative: Setting Community

Village and church Spiritual and physical communion left behind Individual ambition vs. community

Setting Stormy Sea Drives ship to South Pole

Spiritual turmoil leading to isolation Setting AntarcticSouth Pole

Cold, ice Isolation Stagnation

Setting Equator Hot, withering Thirst

Stagnation Setting Return to Community and Broader

World Pilot and Pilots Boyhorrors of human evil Hermitpersonal expiation

Tale told from land to landhuman redemption, community Characters/Creatures

Albatross Bird of good omen for sailors Rescues ship from isolation Symbolizes redemptive force of

community Christ symbollove and sacrifice Characters/Creatures

Why did the Mariner kill the Albatross? Jealousy? Selfish ambition/desire for

independence? Defiance of God and community? Irrational, destructive act representing human capacity for evil

Characters/Creatures Ships Crew Blame Mariner

Blame Albatross Represent Mariners guilt, isolation human guilt, isolation

Characters/Creatures Death and Life-In-Death Sunset/Darknessapproaching spiritual death

Curse in dead crewmens eyesguilt Life-In-Deathpunishment for willful isolation

Characters/Creatures Water Snakes/Ocean Creatures Mariner recognizes he is not alone Represent love & community of all

living things Bring spiritual communion (blessing, prayer) and redemption

Characters/Creatures Angelic Spirits Animate bodies of dead crewmen Return ship to community

Light imageryspiritual enlightenment Represent desire for community, recognition of unity with Gods

creation

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