The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a lyrical ballad about a mysterious sea-faring wedding guest who tells a long story of a dangerous journey.
'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' is usually credited as Coleridge's best poem. While the long narrative is exceedingly complex, its universal themes and focus on man vs. nature have made it a classic verse often taught in schools.
He holds him with his glittering eye—
The Wedding-Guest stood still,
And listens like a three years' child:
The Mariner hath his will.
‘Kubla Khan’ by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is a poem that describes the poet’s dream of visiting the palace of Kubla Khan, a Mongol emperor who ruled over the ancient Chinese Yuan Dynasty.
Coleridge's poetry is known for its vivid imagery and use of the supernatural, which are both prominent in 'Kubla Khan.' He was also known for his experimentation with form and language, as seen in the complex structure of this poem.
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man