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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.

That is the the line (or are the lines) that stick in my mind.
I read this poem years ago elementary school (the late 60s). I was already developing a taste for fantasy literature. Where I lived at the time books in general were a little hard to come by, the school library was about my only source and this was a small rural school. I had searched out Arthurian fiction, looked up all manner of folklore in encyclopedias, found mythology (loved Norse) and so on. This was a wonderful find and I hadn't thought of it in years. I'm not really worried that "poetry aficionados" may not be thrilled with it (if they aren't) I'd recommend that if you haven't read it you find it and try it.
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Perelandra Those lines blew me away too! So much packed into so little.


Perelandra Have you heard this poem really stuck with C. S. Lewis?


Mike (the Paladin) No I hadn't heard that. Lewis liked fantasy though and some of it pretty esoteric. Have you read any Charles Williams (http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/... I put in the link because for some reason if you type in his name Goodreads can't find him...go figure.) His stuff is very interesting and I like several of his books but he can be very...out there. He was one of Lewis' favorites and Lewis brought him into the Inklings. So, I'm not surprised he liked this poem.


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