By J. C. C. Mays (auth.)
This is the 1st book-length learn to learn the "Ancient Mariner" as "poetry," in Coleridge's personal specific experience of the be aware. Coleridge's complex dating with the "Mariner" as an experimental poem lies in its foundation as a joint undertaking with Wordsworth. J. C. C. Mays lines the adjustments within the a number of types released in Coleridge's lifetime and indicates how Wordsworth's stricken response to the poem stimulated its next interpretation. this is often additionally the 1st ebook to situate the "Mariner" within the context of everything of Coleridge's prose and verse, now to be had within the Bollingen amassed variation and Notebooks; that's, not just with regards to different poems like "The Ballad of the darkish Ladiè" and "Alice du Clós," but additionally to rules in his literary feedback (especially Biographia Literaria), philosophy, and theology. utilizing a mix of shut analyzing and vast old concerns, reception thought, and e-book background, Mays surveys the poem's carrying on with existence in illustrated variants and academic textbooks; its passage during the vicissitudes of recent feedback and significant thought; and, in a last bankruptcy, its awesome affinities with a few experimental poems of the current time.
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The motivating principle is simple: the rhythm of the way of telling is modulated to the tale being told, at the stage it is at. Take the following examples: Coleridge restricts the grammatical structure within the boundary of 147 individual stanzas out of a total of 151, and the two places where he breaks the rule are significant. The first occurs in the dialogue between the Two Voices at the beginning of Part VI (between lines 422 and 423), where the Second Voice points to the relation between the ocean and the moon before he goes on to explain it.
And the pictures embodied in words on the page are no ordinary pictures: they change shape, depth, and value as they enter the mind. ”24 They were never so: his mature verse defined itself as an attempt to steer emotion on the wing, balanced by a sense of what lies below. Josie Dixon, in the essay cited above, argues that the special quality of catching description in motion that one finds in his earlier poems and notebook-prose was later lost: the old story of imaginative decline, but I think not.
24. Referred to in my Experimental Poetics 198. I have it on Trickett’s word that the book has no bearing on the election of an Oxford Professor of Poetry that coincided with the time of publication (as many reviewers assumed). CHAPTER 2 What Does the Poem Do? Tell me the Acts, O historian, and leave me to reason upon them as I please... All that is not action is not worth reading. Tell me the What. 1 ODDS Alice Meynell wrote only two short essays on Coleridge’s poems. They focus almost exclusively on the “Ancient Mariner” and largely overlap but they make clear what distinguishes the poem better than any other discussion I know.