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THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER

An old sailor tells the story of his last voyage. He was sailing towards the South Pole when he suddenly killed an albatross without any reasons this starts a series of fatefully events and hallucinations: the mariners die one after the other since a ghost representing death wins against death the life of mariners. The old mariner is the only survivor and repents but he is condemned to travel all his life from land to land to tell his story. The mariner is guilty of a crime against nature It is not just a birth that is killed, this attack is symbolic because the mariners has committed the crime against creation and its positive life forces, thus he destroyed a divine order of the universe and must expiate this sin for the rest of his life.
This poems contains many features traditionally associated with ballads that are both in style and in content: combination of dialogue and narration, repetitions, internal rhyme, supernatural events, internal rhyme. Different from traditional ballads are the tragic end, moral aim, simple and direct language.

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