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Coleridge and the Uses of Division$
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Seamus Perry

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198183976

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183976.001.0001

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Coda: The Incomprehensible Mariner

Coda: The Incomprehensible Mariner

(p.281) Coda: The Incomprehensible Mariner
Coleridge and the Uses of Division

Seamus Perry

Oxford University Press

This chapter comments on The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a poem by English Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It explains that this poem contains many Coleridgean elements and that it has often been considered as the central document in Coleridge and his most important work. Other critics have suggested that Coleridge considered this poem to be a prophetic self-portrait. The poem highlights Coleridge's thoughts on unity and division, on a mind torn between the end of unity and the experience of difference, and on oneness and multiplicity.

Keywords:   The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet, prophetic self-portrait, unity, division, oneness, multiplicity

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