“Rime of the Ancient
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Samuel Taylor Coleridge:
► Youngest child of a
► Father was a
► Attended Cambridge;
had radical ideas of
creating a utopian
colony in America.
► Considered a genius.
► Met Wordsworth in
1795. Moved to the
Lake District to be near
► Together they became
known as “The Lake
► He wrote a lot during
this time. Besides Lake District in
poetry, he wrote Northwest England.
philosophy, and literary
► During this time he experienced pain, too.
His marriage fell apart, and he became
addicted to opium which was prescribed
for painful attacks of arthritis.
► He moved in with Dr. James Gillman in
order to find relief for his health problems.
► He wrote a lot during this time, and then
died of heart failure in 1834 at the age of
“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”
► Coleridge wrote this with
help from Wordsworth
► It’s a lyrical ballad—a
songlike poem that tells a
► It’s the gothic story of an
ancient sea captain and
the haunting and
supernatural events that
occurred on one fateful
► Much of the theme and action
centers on the mysterious
visit from a seabird—an
► The albatross is the central
symbol of the poem.
► The poem opens with the
ancient mariner telling his
story at a wedding to a guest
who becomes mesmerized by
his story and haunting
Coleridge’s purpose for “Rime”:
► To write about “persons and characters
supernatural, or at least romantic.”
► To “transfer from our inward nature a
human interest…that willing suspension of
disbelief for the moment, which constitutes
**As we read, consider the poetic devices and
theme/purpose of this poem. You can use it as your
selected poem for your essay at the end of this