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British Lit 2 - Coleridge

by: Kimberly Burke

British Lit 2 - Coleridge EH 204

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Kimberly Burke
Jacksonville State University
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These are my class notes on Samuel Coleridge's poems including "Christabel," "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," and "Kubla Khan."
Survey of English Literature 2
Dr. Gray
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Kimberly Burke on Sunday September 4, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to EH 204 at Jacksonville State University taught by Dr. Gray in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 5 views. For similar materials see Survey of English Literature 2 in English at Jacksonville State University.

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Date Created: 09/04/16
British Lit 2 - Samuel Coleridge • Lyrical ballads – lyric + ballad • His works fit his lifestyle – examining potential but never realizing it • Includes morals in his stories – wanted a simple moral, conflicted that a work of literature wouldn’t normally have a simple moral • “Christabel” Part 1 o Aware of the verse form, did not invent them o Christ + Abel – victim that can win in the end o Not completed – only 2 parts finished o Medieval setting o 3 person – various points of view § omniscient – in multiple characters’ heads o Preface – literary critic in Coleridge had to prove he didn’t plagiarize the story o Medieval notion of hospitality & trust – Geraldine violates that o Characters – Christabel & Geraldine § Geraldine – vampire-like, has to be invited in the house, can’t cross running water; carried in by Christabel § Christabel – spellbound by a witch (Geraldine) • Becomes the outcast individual o Geraldine claims to be kidnapped & raped by 5 guys – sexual element from the start o Christabel’s mother died in childbirth § She senses her mother’s ghost in Geraldine o Nakedness is surprising for the time – erotic even § Geraldine is seducing Christabel o Conclusion – Geraldine is intrusive • “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” o more famous, mentioned by other authors o epigraph – invisible world you might not be aware of § be aware but don’t get distracted o begins with supernatural & tries to bring it to earth § opposite of Wordsworth o shorter lines make it incantatory/sing song o Coleridge wrote the italicized margin notes – tells you what you should understand in some stanzas o Mariner § tells the story, audience is the wedding guest § has ghost quality § killed the Albatross/bird for no reason • outcast b/c he kills the bird • the crew (crowd of ordinary people) – change for the situation o happy until he kills the bird § unmotivated sin – everyone is imperfect & sinful § redemption comes from heavenly suffering – for the Mariner does the right thing • bless the snakes without understanding why o Supernatural § Part 3 – vampire appearance/ghost ship • Be careful what you wish for § Vampire woman on the ship • Her & the grim reaper are trying to take the crew’s lives § The whole crew (minus the Mariner) drop dead • Mariner is more full of sin than the crew • Crew members become the literal walking dead & get him back to shore o Part 4 – quotations remind you it’s a narration o Part 6 – most obscure § Spirits talking § Shifts you away from the story § Mariner seems like Lazarus – he has to tell his story • “Kubla Khan” o another fragment o incantatory poem o He is the one being isolated o Damsel in stanza 3 = singer o Seems to be talking about himself as a poet


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