The rise of the ancient mariner
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor ColeridgeThe Rime of the Ancient Mariner (originally The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere) is the longest major poem by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, written in 1797–98 and published in 1798 in the first edition of Lyrical Ballads. Modern editions use a later revised version printed in 1817 and featuring a gloss. Along with other poems in Lyrical Ballads, it was a signal shift to modern poetry and the beginning of British Romantic literature.
It relates the events experienced by a mariner who has returned from a long sea voyage. The Mariner stops a man on his way to a wedding ceremony and begins to narrate a story. The Wedding-Guests reaction turns from bemusement to impatience, fear, and fascination as the Mariners story progresses, as can be seen in the language style: for example, the use of narrative techniques such as personification and repetition to create a sense of danger, or the supernatural, or serenity, depending on the mood each different part of the poem.
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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
The Mariner stops the young man to tell him the story of a ship, providing no introduction but simply beginning his tale. A tremendous storm then blows the ship even further to the South Pole, where the crew are awed as they encounter mist, snow, cold, and giant glaciers. An Albatross breaks the pristine lifelessness of the Antarctic. The sailors greet it as a good omen, and a new wind rises up, propelling the ship. Day after day the albatross appears, appearing in the morning when the sailors call for it, and soaring behind the ship. At first, the other Sailors are furious with the Mariner for killing the bird which they believed a god omen and responsible for making the breezes blow.
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In the Autumn of , Coleridge was nearby William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy, in north Somerset; and, despite his wife and young child, he spent as much time as he could with the Wordsworths. Both men, still in their 20s, were published poets, though neither had achieved anything approaching commercial success and money was tight; so, when the three of them decided to go off on a walking tour across the Quantock Hills towards the sea they had to think about funds. For ballads were fashionable and they hoped to sell their work to a magazine. I also suggested the navigation of the ship by the dead men, but do not recollect that I had anything more to do with the scheme of the poem. When it was published in the summer of in Lyrical Ballads , which gathered poems by both writers, it was by far the longest in the book.
Some modern editions use a revised version printed in that featured a gloss. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner relates the experiences of a sailor who has returned from a long sea voyage.
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Three guys are on the way to a wedding celebration when an old sailor the Mariner stops one of them at the door we'll call him the Wedding Guest. Using his hypnotic eyes to hold the attention of the Wedding Guest, he starts telling a story about a disastrous journey he took. The Wedding Guest really wants to go party, but he can't pry himself away from this grizzled old mariner. The Mariner begins his story. They left port, and the ship sailed down near Antarctica to get away from a bad storm, but then they get caught in a dangerous, foggy ice field.