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Tone in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Tone Examples in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner:
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in Seven Parts
"It cracked and growled, and roared and howled..." See in text (The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in Seven Parts)
Coleridge's use of these four verbs in succession are examples of onomatopoeia, which refers to words formed from sounds that they are associated with. Note how Coleridge uses this device to create an intense, almost living, scene in the desolate ice fields.