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This essay looks through the lens of parody at one of Coleridge's most characteristically "romantic" works, his famous ballad of the supernatural, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Along with the other so-called "Mystery Poems"—"Christabel" and "Kubla Khan"—this is among his most significant generic contributions to the developing idea of Romanticism, the kind of work that comes through a kind of synecdoche to stand for the whole movement as it was conceived.


Author Posting. © Michael Eberle-Sinatra 1996-2006. This article is posted here by permission of Michael Eberle-Sinatra for personal use, not for redistribution. The article was published in Romanticism on the Net, Volume 15, 1999,

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