This is the longest of Coleridge's major poems. In 1817, Coleridge
wrote the following about the poem in his Biographia Literaria:
The thought suggested itself (to which of us I do not recollect)
that a series of poems might be composed of two sorts. In the one,
incidents and agents were to be, in part at least, supernatural,
and the excellence aimed at was to consist in the interesting of
the affections by the dramatic truth of such emotions, as would
naturally accompany such situations, supposing them real. And real
in this sense they have been to every human being who, from
whatever source of delusion, has at any time believed himself under
supernatural agency. For the second class, subjects were to be
chosen from ordinary life...In this idea originated the plan of the
'Lyrical Ballads'; in which it was agreed, that my endeavours
should be directed to persons and characters supernatural, or at
least Romantic; yet so as to transfer from our inward nature a
human interest and a semblance of truth sufficient to procure for
these shadows of imagination that willing suspension of disbelief
for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith. ... With this view
I wrote the 'Ancient Mariner'
This Large Print Edition is presented in easy-to-read 16 point
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