the dark tyranny of despair

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the dark tyranny of despair

The theme of dejection is a significant component of "dark" Romanticism. The most influential exploration of it in the canon of British Romanticism is that found in "Dejection: An Ode" by Coleridge, whose "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" has already figured in the structure of the novel (I:L2:6). Of the major Romantic poets (besides Percy Bysshe Shelley), Coleridge seems to have had the greatest impact on Mary Shelley's writing in Frankenstein.