S.T. Coleridge As a Romantic Poet- Part II



Dramatic and Musical features of S.T Coleridge:

The poems of Coleridge are dramatic with dialogues and sudden changes. The way the story is unveiled in "The Rime of Ancient Mariner" is nothing but drama with greater amount of suspense and fantastic change of events and situations. The wedding guest does is held by the arm though he pleads:

"The Bridegroom's doors are opened wide
And I am next of kin".

The Mariner has little interest in his resentment and continues: "there was ship".

The old Mariner is all set out to experience the unbelievable and the untold figures in a state of terror and horror:

"We could not speak, no more than if
We had been chocked with soot."

Coleridge's poetry and music are identical because of the use of melodious tone and rhyming by the poet. In below lines the music is appealing to the readers and listeners:

"A savage place! As holy and enchanted
As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted"

Suspension of disbelief:

means that the reader would be willing to believe a fantastic story by suspension of disbelief about unlikeness of the tale, provided that, a writer is capable of infusing "human interest and a semblance of truth" into it. Coleridge has been successful in creating this suspension of disbelief in almost all his poems. In "Kubla Khan", we are willing to believe the poet:
"I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!
And all who heard should see them there..."

In "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" the strange manner in which the old Mariner holds the arm of the "wedding guest" is not much different from the readers that are firmly held by the story of the fantastic story of the mariner. This is all with suspension of disbelief on the part of the reader. We don't want to believe what the poet is saying, but we are captivated by the beautiful tale and are willing to believe its apparent truth.


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