The Echo of a Century: Coleridge’s Perception of Nature in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Modern Ecological Studies

Shumin LI


This thesis analyzes the relationship between man and nature as portrayed in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. In the narrative poem, his unique views on Nature present a remote echo to today’s ecological concerns and scientific efforts to improve our ecosystem. The current study explores the implied ideas of Coleridge’s poetical manifestation and contemporary activists’ environmental consciousness so as to join the increasingly important discussion of how human beings adapt a reasonable pace to relieve some of the unbearable burden they have exerted on the Earth at an unprecedented speed and in a large scale. Such analytic attempts focus mainly on the critical connection between natural ecology and spiritual ecology. When understanding sustainable development at both the natural and spiritual levels, mankind may find real motivations to respect and protect Nature, and live in harmony with Nature.



Coleridge; Nature; Perception of Nature; Natural ecology; Spiritual ecology

Full Text:



Abrams, M. H. (1971). Natural supernaturalism. New York: Norton.

Bate, J. (2000). The song of the earth. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Gao, W. G. (2004). The utopian complex in English romanticism. Beijing: Central Compilation & Translation Press.

Hill, J. S. (1983). A coleridge companion. London: Macmillan Press.

Hou, W. R. (1999). A general history of British literature. Shanghai: Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press.

James, J. (1985). The general implications of renaissance literature. Review of Foreign Literature, (6).

Laszlo, E. (2004). The Internal Limitations of Mankind. Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press.

Li, Y. Q. (1989). Original sin in western contemporary literature, foreign literature and culture. Beijing: Xinhua Press.

Liu, G. Q. (2006). The rime of the ancient mariner, an allegorical epic, and ecological criticism. Journal of Northeast Normal University, (6).

Liu, P. (2003). Ecological criticism: The return of human internal nature. Journal of Chengdu University (Social Sciences), (2).

Lu, C. F. (2006). Coleridge’s perception of nature and ecological awareness. Academic Journal of Zejiang, (6).

Marx, K., & Engels, F. (1973). Selected works of Marx and Engels (Vol. 2). Beijing: The People’s Press.

Sheuboldt, G. (1993). Heidegger on technology of the new era (Z. L. Song, Trans.). Beijing: China Social Sciences Press.

Su, W. L. (2000). Poetics of Wordsworth. Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press, 2000.

Thoreau, H. D. (Ed.). (1996). Walden (K. Chen, Trans.). Beijing: Sanian Bookstore.

Xue, J. M. (2008). From Ovid to Kafka: An ecological interpretation of distortion. Journal of Chuxiong Normal University, 23(7).

Xun, Q. Z. (1994). The discovery of the value of natural environment. Nanning, China: Guangxi People’s Publishing House.



  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2018 Shumin Li

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Share us to:   


Online Submission


How to do online submission to another Journal?

If you have already registered in Journal A, then how can you submit another article to Journal B? It takes two steps to make it happen:

1. Register yourself in Journal B as an Author

Find the journal you want to submit to in CATEGORIES, click on “VIEW JOURNAL”, “Online Submissions”, “GO TO LOGIN” and “Edit My Profile”. Check “Author” on the “Edit Profile” page, then “Save”.

2. Submission

Go to “User Home”, and click on “Author” under the name of Journal B. You may start a New Submission by clicking on “CLICK HERE”.

We only use three mailboxes as follows to deal with issues about paper acceptance, payment and submission of electronic versions of our journals to databases:;;

 Articles published in Studies in Literature and Language are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC-BY).


Address: 1055 Rue Lucien-L'Allier, Unit #772, Montreal, QC H3G 3C4, Canada.
Telephone: 1-514-558 6138 
Website: Http://; Http://;;

Copyright © 2010 Canadian Academy of Oriental and Occidental Culture