Write a clearly organized essay analyzing Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” from a literary perspective of your choosing (choose one of the five approaches we’ve covered this semester). In that essay, you MUST cite at least ONE of the critics from the book (Murfin counts as a critic if you want to cite one of the Background sections). Title the essay like this: “A Deconstructive Analysis of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner— or “A New Historical Analysis …” or whatever you pick. While you can incorporate other reading styles, your essay should be PREDOMINANTLY demonstrating your ONE chosen approach. Decide for yourself which approach goes furthest and deepest in understanding what is going on in this poem.
As far as essay structure goes: structure your essay like the “Tintcm Abbey” essay on the back of this sheet. Each of your body paragraphs must contain a minimum of at least TWO subtopic details. Remember to control those body paragraphs with topic sentences that clearly relate to the thesis. Write the essay in the literary present tense and in the third-person.
You must not pad your paper with excessively long quotations. Your essay will be judged on how well you have incorporated quotations and offered interpretations to support your thesis; structured your argument; avoided grammar and mechanics mistakes and mistakes of logic; and adhered to the conventions of essay writing.