The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a traditional old sailors tale. Coleridge explores the myths of going to sea. Especially when the Mariner comes across a ship that its sails have been described to look like cobwebs, 'Like restless gossameres'. Its pretty much described as though death is approaching them. Even the suns are 'flecked with bars' as though it has been imprisoned. It's this idea of liminality, what is between life and death is merely the Mariners fate. A supernatural being who has control of that fate by playing dice. Life-in-death skin is described 'as white as leprosy' , 'her looks were free' suggesting she's free of anything artificial.
Read through Part 3 in the poem, because that has a lot of gothic imagery and references to blood and death.
Answered Thu 22nd November, 2012 @ 13:02 by Tiffany