Historical Context in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
The poem was first published in 1798, in the popular “Lyrical Ballads” and is widely regarded as Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s seminal work. Coleridge was a notable leader of the British Romantic Movement, and characteristics of this movement strongly informed his writing. Romanticism developed in response to the Enlightenment, which prized rationalism and logic, and valued passion, emotion, and imagination. This can be seen explicitly in “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” which acts, quite simply, as a cautionary tale of distancing one’s self from nature and the which stresses the importance of spirituality and belief.