“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” is the most wonderful work of S T Coleridge (1772-1834). The poem is based on the theme of a crime that occurred by a Mariner and the punishment which he had to suffer after the act of crime. In the point of fact, the whole poem is an allegory of crime, punishment and redemption.
The Mariner’s journey is a spiritual one, as well as a fantastic sea voyage. The profound nature of his experience is the force that drives him to share his story, long after it occurred. The first voyage was with two hundred mates and so cheerful-
“The ship was cheered, the harbor cleared,
Merrily did we drop,
Below the kirk, below the hill,
Below the light-house top.”
At a moment, they welcomed an Albatross bird as a good omen. But the Mariner’s crime was that he killed the bird, for no other reason than that he could and chose to exercise his selfish will. The symbolism of the bird can be interpreted in many ways. It lived as a part of God’s natural world and had served as a loyal guide and good omen for the sailors. The ship’s crew had “hailed it in God’s name” according to the old…………