This story was written inand was collected in At the Mountains of Madness and Other Novels in A Fragment of a Sexton's Tale. Selected Poems, edited with an introduction and notes by Richard Holmes, pp.
He has left us with no overtly philosophical work, and yet, many of the digressions in Don Juan are directed at the poets and philosophers of his time and some others seem to point us to a coherent system of thought about literature and how it works.
Some of these similarities have been explored, but are frequently treated as if Byron were simply creating a pastiche of contemporary literature.
However, Coleridge had used the Rime to elucidate a portion of his understanding of how literature works. It seems possible that Byron is purposely answering Coleridge in the second canto of Don Juan.
Article body The Rime of the Ancient Mariner was originally published in Lyrical Ballads inits opening line heralding a new age of literature. InColeridge published a revised version of the poem in Sibylline Leaves.
Less than a year later, Lord Byron began writing his comic epic, Don Juan. In both works, crimes against nature are committed and subsequently punished. In both, forces of nature are portrayed as, at best, whimsical and, at worst, uncontrollable, and in both poems, seemingly miraculous forces of nature give the crew some kind of hope.
While this reference is, like most of the poem, sardonic and humorous, there is more here than irony. Byron emphasizes the physicality, the reality, and therefore the superiority of the natural world and defines the poet as one who has intense life experience and the education to describe it.
Coleridge characterizes the world as a mirror reflecting that which is otherworldly. The poet reads his experience within the world symbolically and interprets it to reveal the supernatural to his readers. The two poets, therefore, make radically different uses of natural imagery in their poems, particularly those images that often represent inspiration—wind and light.
Coleridge personifies such natural forces, assigning them feelings and motives. The Mariner is apparently unsettled by the intensity of the wind, just as he is unnerved by the power of his tale. The strangeness of the experience is also conveyed by the place to which the strong wind has taken the crew, an isolated and frightening place, a place where there is no human or animal contact, a place of cold sterility.
Creative energies, particularly in young artists, can likewise cause such conflicting emotions. Coleridge continues to use the wind to symbolize language. The wind does not cease until they reach the equator again on the other side of South America.
Language, coordinate with the wind, stagnates, and it is at this point that the Mariner must endure the penance of the albatross being hung around his neck.
The Mariner will not become capable of speech again until he performs an extraordinary act of self-sacrifice sucking his own blood, renewing himself with his own life forces, the first of many sacrifices the Mariner makes to language. In the midst of the still-becalmed sea, he is not capable of issuing the breath of a prayer.
Instead, the effort further desiccates him. It is only when he acknowledges the insufficiency of language that the wind begins again.
Through the image of the wind, the Mariner thus presents the Wedding Guest and the reader with a complicated view of language.
He claims that human linguistic ability could not adequately convey the beauty of the living creatures, yet he attempts to do so in a lengthy description of his experience. Similarly, he describes his penance as a blessing and a prayer, which are linguistic constructions, but both he and the gloss emphasize the fact that they are heartfelt thoughts and not utterances.English universities increased the numbers of students registered between and by 19 per cent, but in Scotland the numbers fell, particularly among women.
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