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1 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Samuel Taylor Coleridge

2 An Ancient Mariner stops one (of three) on his way to a wedding. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

3 The wedding guest is mesmerized by the Mariners passion and begins listening to the story.

4 The Mariners Tale: Their ship is driven south, by a storm, to a place of mist and snow. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

5 The ice was here, the ice was there, The ice was all around: It cracked and growled, and roared and howled, Like noises in a swound! The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

6 Surrounded by ice. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

7 An albatross appears. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

8 The albatross leads them out of the fog. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

9 The Mariner shoots the albatross. At first the crew condemns him, but when a favorable breeze appears, they justify his action. This implicates them in his crime. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

10 Later, the wind stops and the ship is stranded for days, 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 crew blames the Mariner for no wind and hangs the albatross around his neck as punishment. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

11 A ghost ship approaches with a Specter- Woman and her Death-Mate as crew. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

12 Death and Life in Death roll dice for the lives of the ships crew. Life in Death wins. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

13 Each turned his face with a ghastly pang, and cursed me with his eye With heavy thump, a lifeless lump, they dropped down one by one. The souls did from their bodies fly, - They fled to bliss or woe! And every soul, it passed me by, Like the whizz of my cross-bow! The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

14 Alone, alone, all, all alone, alone on a wide wide sea! And never a saint took pity on my soul in agony. Seven days, seven nights, I saw that curse, and yet I could not die. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

15 Beyond the shadow of the ship, I watched the water- snakes O happy living things! No tongue their beauty might declare: A spring of love gushed from my heart, and I blessed them unaware The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

16 The curse is lifted and the albatross falls from his neck and sinks like lead into the sea. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

17 The dead men awaken and the Mariner directs his ghostly crew North. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

18 As the Mariner returns to his home port, the spirits of his crew leave their bodies. He receives forgiveness (shrieve) from a hermit. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

19 The Mariners ship sinks. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

20 The story concluded, the wedding guest leaves a sadder and a wiser man. The Mariner must tell his tale to warn others (redemption). The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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23 Many critics see the Rime of the Ancient Mariner as an allegory of some kind of fall, like… Of Coleridge - Of Lucifer -Of Adam & Eve - …forbidden fruit…cast into hell …opium? …the very deep did rot… …slimy things … Slimy sea I shot the albatross …and I had done a hellish thing… witchs oils, / …burnt green, and blue and white Phantasmagoria! A shifting series or succession of things seen or imagined, as in a dream. STRUCTURE: Sin, Punishment, Redemption… Milton Parallels? (Paradise Lost) Shelleys Interpretation? (Frankenstein) Cain?

24 poetry gives most pleasure when only generally and not perfectly understood" - Coleridge Many critics maintain, as Christopher Lamb does, that the Ancient Mariner is a work of complete and pure imagination. As… No single interpretation seems to fit the entire poem… In essence, it is a very imaginative and unusual piece…

25 Purely inspirational?Dark gothic? cursed me with his eye Life-in-death spectre bark Gustav Dorés Dark Etches…

26 Coleridge felt a deep sense of sin, for his opium addiction. The poem could be his way of fathoming his feelings. The strange power of the Ancient Mariner, as his difficult feelings. mingled strangely with my fears I know that man … must hear me / To him my tale I teach Hence, his sensitivity and saying that the poem should not be analyzed? (poetry gives most pleasure when only generally and not perfectly understood)

27 Instead of the cross, the Albatross/ About my neck was hung I had killed the bird / That made the breeze to blow Hailed it in Gods name Christian soul Crimson red like Gods own head - Hid in mist - dungeon-grate blessed them unawares Crew distanced from God

28 Vs. Some critics maintain that this ballad was an exploration, by Coleridge, into the science vs. spirituality debate: There are many mysterious fantastical images, the glittering eye with its strange power… the polar spirits and seraph band… The Latin preface says, Human cleverness has always sought knowledge of these things, never attained it. He was at a point in his life where he was more concerned with the rational than the empirical, this poem was an exploration of the former.

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