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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Who or what is responsible for the curse against the Mariner?
  2. Why does the Mariner get to survive to voyage when all the sailors die? After all, he was the one who shot the albatross?
  3. What does "Life-in-Death" represent, and what is the result of her winning the dice match with Death?
  4. Drum roll, please (Dadadada…). What does the albatross symbolize, and why does the Mariner decide to kill it?
  5. Does this seem like a religious or specifically Christian poem? Does it change your perspective at all to learn that Coleridge was considered by many to have radical, free-thinking tendencies?
  6. Why do you think this poem has become so famous and influential? Does the poem seem ahead of its time, or does it seem quaint and old-fashioned?

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