The ancestral voices heard by Kubla Khan prophesy war.
It has different origins and sources yet it is a poem of pure imagination, as Coleridge called it himself.
Keeping in view the way he dissolved, diffused and dissipated his objects of contemplation, it can be safely admitted that he fused and reshaped a variety of sources and gave them a unique unity through his fiery imagination.
Coleridge possesses an unusual gift of evoking the mystery of things.
The Ancient Mariner is made a mysterious character just by the mention of the glittering eyes long grey beard and skinny hands.
In his supernaturalism we do not find any kind of crudeness as is found in other poets Horace and Monk Lewis. He conveys the gruesomeness (horrification) of Life-in-Death in a few suggestive lines.
Her lips were red, her looks were free Her locks were yellow as gold Her skin was white as leprosy The Night-mare Life-in-Death was she Who thicks Mans blood with cold.The plan of The Ancient Mariner can be traced in the plan of the Lyrical Ballads the study of which is of great help to understand the plan of The Ancient Mariner which is briefly as follows: Lyrical Ballads published in 1798 is a joint venture of Wordsworth and Coleridge which is a key to understand all the poetry of the Romantic Age including that of Coleridge.This joint adventure was taken by Wordsworth and Coleridge to find out a balance between the two extremes; the tendency to realism and the tendency to romance in their extreme forms.Coleridge chose such series of poems in which the incidents and agents were to be, in part at supernatural, and the excellence aimed at was to consist in the interest of affections by the dramatic truth of such emotions, as would naturally accompany such situations, supposing them real.For the second kinds of poems, that were mainly to be presented by Wordsworth were such poems in which the subjects were to be chosen from ordinary life.Critical Appreciation of The Ancient Mariner by Coleridge.Among the great poems of Coleridge, The Ancient Mariner is the only complete one.The outstanding quality of Coleridges supernaturalism, however, is that his writings do not excite ones senses to a feverish pitch and do not remain remote from human reality.He is capable of creating the still, sad music of humanity. Both in the cases of the Night-mare Life-in-Death and the serpent woman Geraldine, he resists the temptation of depicting their hideous monstrosity.Element of Mystery or Mysteriousness; Mysteriousness is that condition in which some character, event or situation remains hidden and is not revealed to the usual vision or common understanding.It is not completely known but makes its presence feel to the people.