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Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters

Coleridge's Ancient Mariner

Authors: Mays, J. C. C.

  • Situates the "Ancient Mariner" within the context of Coleridge's entire oeuvre, from his philosophy to theology
  • Analyzes the literary legacy of Coleridge's "Ancient Mariner" through a wide range of critical approaches and contexts from New Criticism to its relation with experimental poetry
  • Traces the poem's history in the several versions published in Coleridge's lifetime through later versions found in illustrated editions and educational textbooks.
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This is the first book-length study to read the "Ancient Mariner" as "poetry," in Coleridge's own particular sense of the word. Coleridge's complicated relationship with the "Mariner" as an experimental poem lies in its origin as a joint project with Wordsworth. J. C. C. Mays traces the changes in the several versions published in Coleridge's lifetime and shows how Wordsworth's troubled reaction to the poem influenced its subsequent interpretation. This is also the first book to situate the "Mariner" in the context of the entirety of Coleridge's prose and verse, now available in the Bollingen Collected edition and Notebooks; that is, not only in relation to other poems like "The Ballad of the Dark Ladiè" and "Alice du Clós," but also to ideas in his literary criticism (especially Biographia Literaria), philosophy, and theology. Using a combination of close reading and broad historical considerations, reception theory, and book history, Mays surveys the poem's continuing life in illustrated editions and educational textbooks; its passage through the vicissitudes of New Criticism and critical theory; and, in a final chapter, its surprising affinities with some experimental poems of the present time. 

About the authors

J. C. C. Mays is Professor Emeritus of English and American Literature at University College Dublin, Ireland.

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“In this outstanding study, J. C. C. Mays brings to Coleridge's greatest single work the expertise of an unmatched textual scholar and the sensibility of an exquisite reader of modern poetry. The result is a genuinely remarkable re-acquaintance with one of the lasting poems of the language.” (Seamus Perry, Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford, UK)

“Can something fresh and filled with insights still be written on the Ancient Mariner—composition, revision, reception, reputation, legacy, biographical import, poetic experimentation, form, and perennial pull of delight and interpretation?  Yes: Mays has done it.  The intimacy of knowledge with Coleridge and his poem is unparalleled.” (James Engell, Gurney Professor of English, Harvard University, USA)

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eBook 76,99 €
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Hardcover 93,59 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Coleridge's Ancient Mariner
Authors
Series Title
Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-94907-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-94907-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-60257-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 267
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