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Describe the death-fires and burning of the witch’s oils. Why does Coleridge use, these pictures?

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The ballad ‘The Rime of Ancient Mariner’ is set in a typically mediaeval and supernatural background. The supernatural element adds mystery and romance. The death-fires danced at night. The water burnt like witch’s oils. It burnt green, blue and white. Coleridge builds up the right kind of atmosphere after painting a picture of decay and immobility in the last two stanzas.

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