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The 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 ...more
Paperback, 77 pages
Published June 1st 1970 by Dover Publications (first published 1798)
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Paul Woodhouse Try Kubla Khan which is rather short poem by Colridge. It was intended to be an epic, but Colridge was visited by a man from Porlock when he had just …moreTry Kubla Khan which is rather short poem by Colridge. It was intended to be an epic, but Colridge was visited by a man from Porlock when he had just started the poem. The visit totally destroyed any inspiration that Colridge had, and the poem now stands alone at a little over 50 verses. It still stands with the great pieces of literature so who knows what this poem may have become.(less)
Nishant Chandgotia The sailors replaced the cross around his neck by the corpse of the albatross. It is indicative of the guilt and burden that Mariner carries of having…moreThe sailors replaced the cross around his neck by the corpse of the albatross. It is indicative of the guilt and burden that Mariner carries of having killed the bird and that his crewmen kept reminding him off.(less)

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Sean Barrs
So why did the Ancient Mariner shoot the Albatross?

To me the answer is simple. He did it because he could; he did it because is he is a man, and that’s what men do: he saw something beautiful; he saw perfection in nature, and he killed it. That’s humanity for you. Sinning is easily, as quickly as a finger click: it happens just like that. There’s little thought involved. For the Mariner it is spontaneity itself; it’s in his nature to destroy. The shooting of the bird suggests that all sin is th
Jon Nakapalau
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Who we start out as and who we end up as has always seemed to me to be the central point of this poem. One can often return to a physical place - but in the returning find that place lost - due to the way their journey has changed their soul. Looking for salvation one often finds that (in the finding) something else must be forever lost. A close friend who suffers from PTSD has related to me that this poem is 'true' to many feelings he has had to deal with. ...more
Oct 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
Her lips were red, her looks were free,
Her locks were yellow as gold:
Her skin was white as leprosy,
The Nightmare Life-in-Death was she,
Who thicks man's blood with cold.

When I did construction work this is what I always wrote on the inside of the Port-a-Potties, amongst all the other graffiti and anatomically imaginative drawings of women.

Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Since then, at an uncertain hour,
That agony returns;
And till my ghastly tale is told,
This heart within me burns.

Today, if a stranger stopped me at some party to talk to me about some story, I'd probably walk away with a nervous smile, holding my pepper spray with dissimulation. I admit it, I do not easily trust people. That is one of my many flaws fed by one complicated present. And, yes, not all people are bad but I am not willing to take any chances.
However, many years ago, a young man t
Mar 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
If all poetry books were like this, I would never read any prose.


I was thinking about the Ancient Mariner just now, apropos Kris's review of Ice, and recalled an incident from a project I was once involved in. The person in charge failed to renew the contract of a difficult but talented software engineer, after which we had a lot of problems. This prompted the following verse:
For he had done a hellish thing
And it would work them woe
For all averred, he

Reading the USS INDIANAPOLIS a few weeks back brought this poem to my attention beginning with the well-known words......

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

First published in 1798, I was both delighted and surprised to find where this poem actually begins and takes the reader. It's really quite an amazing journey that may appeal to those who don't even care for poetry.

It's an eerie story with equally eerie ill

Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: british, poetry, classics

Farewell, farewell! But this I tell
To thee, thou Wedding-Guest!
He prayeth well, who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.

He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us
He made and loveth all.

A mariner, returning from a long sea-voyage, engages a man who is attending a wedding, and begins to tell the tale of his sufferings during his journey.
Matthew Ted
149th book of 2020.

Coleridge’s longest poem, comprised of seven parts. The language is lyrical and beautiful and the plot is forlorn and surreal—two of my favourite things. I never like to write the plots of novels in my reviews because they can be found quite simply on Goodreads or the Internet anyway, and I don’t like to spoil things—the impression that books and poems leave is far more interesting (I think), but I will say that this poem is centred, perhaps bizarrely, around a mariner killing
Tristram Shandy
“Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.“

If the truth has to be told, I must own that my first acquaintance with these lines was, as some of you might have already guessed, not through Samuel Coleridge’s poem but through Iron Maiden’s superbe album Powerslave, and when I bought myself a new car recently, one with a working car radio, I spent my daily ways to and from work listening to Iron Maiden again and when I came across The
Definitely in my top 10 favorite poems. I love the way it flows; the lyrical rhythm "soothes the battered soul".

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

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

Charles  van Buren
A poem which heavily influenced modern Western culture

Review of free Kindle edition
A Public Domain Book
Publication Date May 16, 2012
Language: English
ASIN: B0083Z49HO
36 pages

I hated this thing in high school. The homework assignment to read it was interesting but the pain began in the next day's class. The teacher read it aloud to us. Slowly. Then she went over it line by line telling us exactly what each line, almost each word, meant. At some point she allowed us to say what we thought but then
David Sarkies
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Iron Maiden fans
Recommended to David by: My English Teacher
Shelves: dark
Beware the Age of Reason
14 December 2014

Whenever I come to this poem the first thing that comes to mind is the song by Iron Maiden (unfortunately I don't think they did a video clip – which would have been awesome in its own right).

Iron Maiden

I am really tempted to spend the rest of this review talking about how as a teenager I loved Iron Maiden, and about how they were unfairly persecuted by the church because they released one song called 'Number of the Beast' (with an album of the same name), where in
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
"It is an Ancient Mariner
And he stoppeth one of Three--
'By thy long grey beard and twinkling* eye,
Now wherefore stoppeth thou me?'

'There was a Ship...' 'Unhand me, Grey-beard loon!'"
I recall aloudreading and memorizing this in Grammar School (no longer the Latin Grammar school Shakespeare attended), Grade Four to Eight, which? Tested on knowing maybe 40 lines--beginning, ending, and various passages in between. In fact, it grounded me in my adolescent loneliness: "this soul has been/ Alone
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Poetry fans, Seafaring fans.
To be honest, I bought this only because this edition is illustrated by Mervyn Peake, and I wanted to read the work to which he matched his amazing illustrations.

Little did I expect to experience such a wonderful poetry story. I am, admittedly, a bit of an unreliable poetry reader. I don't often like (let alone, love) poetry, but when I do I tend to really like it.

No doubt, someone more knowledgeable or better-*cough*-versed in poetry can probably figure out why I like the poetry/poets I do (Li
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
"Hey, where were you last night?"
"It was the wedding last night. Remember? Hello, you were supposed to be the best man! The bride was really upset when you didn't show up! Everybody kept asking me, 'Where is he, where is he?' And I was like, 'I don't know!' I was kind of getting worried about you, dude."
"Oh. Sorry."
"So why didn't you come? You sick or something?"
"No, not sick, exactly."
"So you just blew us off?"
"Well–I got distracted, I guess. It was the weirdest thing. I mean, I was on my
Elizabeth O'Callahan
Nov 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I know 'serious' students of poetry will mock this, but I really think this is a superlative poem and will even say that I believe Coleridge to be a superior poet to Wordsworth. The ballad meter is delightful, and how can one not be won over by things like: "I fear thee, ancient mariner/ I fear thy skinny hand/ For thou art long and lank and brown/ As is the ribbed sea sand." Ew, I mean, can't you just imagine what this guy looks like?

Or how about this?

"The very deep did rot : O Christ !
That eve
As just an audio book, this is excellent. It's short so I'd really like to listen to it again while looking at an illustrated version I have around here somewhere from my grandfather. Another classic well preserved & given to the public by Librivox. Thanks!!! ...more
I had to read this for 11th grade English class. After we discussed it, our teacher brought in the Iron Maiden song and played it for us in class as it is the whole text of the poem. That was my introduction to Iron Maiden. I had seen the shirts for years and they were so gross the band scared me and I remember thinking that it was just louder music and not so scary after all.
Oct 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I loved the first 3/4's of this! They were full of fantastic imagery and it read really well. But then, the last 1/4 just didn't sit well with me, it felt pretty out of place compared to the rest of the poem. However, it was overall really enjoyable and intriguing! ...more
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"Like a painted ship
On a painted ocean"

"Farewell, farewell! but this I tell    
To thee, thou Wedding-Guest!    
He prayeth well, who loveth well    
Both man and bird and beast.    
He prayeth best, who loveth best    
All things both great and small;    
For the dear God who loveth us    
He made and loveth all."

(view spoiler)

:') Loved the poem so much!!! S.T. Coleridge, you stoppeth me from my misery about something =) It was my rime I loved the metaphors in it and...bea
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was late at night when I began reading "The Rime of The Ancient Mariner" gifted to me very dearly by my dearest friend and soul brother Matthew and I remember reading that first stanza that opens this story, that first introduces us to the character of the Mariner, a man whom we are first glad to perceive or imagine as a wizened old veteran of the seas and oceans, of many a voyage to many a strange land, until it strikes us more than a little odd - why, just why, would he approach a complete ...more
Nov 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
I still don't understand the point of this book.

Maybe because I kept wanting to DNF it. Nothing picked up my interest through the whole thing. The only reason I never gave up reading was because it's such a fast read and I was ashamed to DNF it. I can even say I didn't understand anything after the 75%, I just kind of skimmed the pages to end it sooner.
Dannii Elle
This, along with Goblin Market, is tied for the most profound and evocatively brilliant poems I have ever read. ...more
Karen O
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the Big Read version of this poem by the same group that created the Big Read version of Moby Dick. You can check it out here: Ancient Mariner Big Read ...more
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Poetry isn't normally my thing, but my girlfriend suggested I should read this. It was a bit difficult to understand the language, but luckily I had my girlfriend and the annotated version of the poem to help me make sense of it all. I would suggest giving it a try though. The story is really good. ...more
May 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to André by: Iron Maiden
“Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.”

I've discovered this poem through an Iron Maiden song. The riffs of the song are mesmerizing and the story-telling is on point. Iron Maiden managed to turn the poem into an amazing track.
The story itself was not my cup of tea but I enjoyed the beauty of its rhymes. Nonetheless, the poem has a good message about the Human nature. It is splendid and I recognise it as a fine work of art due to i
Mar 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I've loved this poem since college. I re-read it again today and it still amazes me. Perhaps in a different light now. So many of the lines just stick with you and as apt as they are for the poem, can be interpreted to apply to so many facets of life.
- "Water, Water Everywhere / And all the boards did shrink / Water, Water Everywhere / Nor any Drop To Drink" ... I can't help but think of global warming when I read this. We have everything on our planet but the resources are shrinking and soon we
Lör K.
Rating: 5 / 5

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a classic poetry book from the pen of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. In my interpretation, this seems to be the story of numerous zombie mariners, and the story of how they became the way they are, and the things that happened to them all afterwards. I really wanted to read this again for my own entertainment after remembering randomly one day that I read this back in secondary school. I had really loved it then and I really wanted to reread it and give
Mike (the Paladin)
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
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I fear thee ancient mariner!
I fear thy skinny hand!
And thou art long and lank and brown,
As is the ribbed sea-sand

Sections of this poem just go around and around in my head sometimes. It's like the reading equivalent of sea sickness. In a really, really good way.
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet, critic, and philosopher who was, along with his friend William Wordsworth, one of the founders of the Romantic Movement in England and one of the Lake Poets. He is probably best known for his poems The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan, as well as his major prose work Biographia Literaria. ...more

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“Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.”
“Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.”
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