Rime of the Ancient Mariner By Samuel Taylor Coleridge Important Information from Rime of the Ancient Mariner • This was the opening poem from the book he wrote with William Wordsworth called Lyrical Ballads. • It is considered a very important work in romantic poetry and shows the attributes common to romanticism • Rime means: ice tuft or ice chunk. Definitions • Atonement- amends or reparation made for an injury or wrong; expiation. Commonly associated with Christianity as a reconciliation with God. • Penance- voluntary selfpunishment to make amends for a sin. For the Mariner to be forgiven, he must go through three stages of atonement: • 1) Confession- he talked to the hermit • 2) Remorse- he ultimately felt bad • 3) Penance- he now must spread the word Rime of the Ancient Mariner • In a group of two, find the quotation from the poem that best summarizes or reflects an overall theme. Be prepared to share your answer with the class and explain why you chose it.