The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is difficult about believing in invisible Natures, according to Thomas Burnet and Samuel Taylor Coleridge?

No one can describe the families, ranks, relationships, distinguishing features and functions or anything about the invisible Natures. They are beyond man's ability to describe, and thus it is difficult to firmly believe in their existence.

2. Why is the human mind "always circled around a knowledge of these things" but never attains such knowledge?

Although the mind thinks of the invisible Nature and the things that may belong to it, and thinks that they exist, it can never prove that they exist, or the manner in which they do. The human person only knows, in the way Thomas Burnet means by saying "to know," things of the visible Nature.

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