Representation of the Imaginative Journey in Coleridge's Poetry, "The Wind in the Willows" and "The Wizard of Oz."

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It is really impossible to separate journeys from life. The various ideas that explore this notion are the decisions made in life affect the rest of your journey, and once half way is reached there's no turning back with only going forward, and a journey can leave behind real life and plunges into the realms of the imagination in order to understand and resolve reality. The various techniques used are imagery language, graphics, colour, and sound techniques. The texts that explore the concept of a journey are the poem 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by Samuel Coleridge, 'The Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame, the 1939 film 'The Wizard of Oz' directed by Victor Fleming and a short story 'The Wish' by Roald Dahl

Journeys are physically traveling from one place to another. However journeys can consist of the imaginary journey where the traveling of one place to another is done though the imagination.

This imaginary journey is very important as often it is done to escape the harsh reality to resolve issues. Journeys are often done for great self discovery to expand the mind, body and soul.

The idea that the decisions made in life can affect the rest of the journey, where a decision or a wrong act could have immense and tragic consequences as a result. This is shown through the poem 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner' where the mariner suffers immensely for the mistake of killing an albatross. This is shown in the poem by contrast of poetic jargon to plain upfront confrontation (lack of description) compared to the rest of the poem, to emphasis the significance of the event. For example, it is plain language when the mariner "with my crossbow shot the albatross" compared to...