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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Aug 29, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: classics

** spoiler alert ** The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew,
The furrow followed free:
We were the first that ever burst
Into that silent sea.

Down dropt the breeze, the sails dropt down,
'Twas sad as sad could be;
And we did speak only to break
The silence of the sea!

All in a hot and copper sky,
The bloody Sun, at noon,
Right up above the mast did stand,
No bigger than the Moon.

Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.

Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.

The very deep did rot: O Christ!
That ever this should be!
Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs
Upon the slimy sea.

The first time I read this was in 6th grade and it was the only class I enjoyed. I'd loved the twisted, crazy rambling of the mariner. It was a very enjoyable read [ I do have a fondness for grim tales], creating a vivid picture in the mind. Rereading it is always a pleasure, brings back lots of memories of my old classroom.
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