The silly buckets on the deck, That had so long remained, I dreamt that they were filled with dew ; And when I awoke, it rained. A man all light, a seraph-man, On every corse there stood. Impulsively and inexplicably, he shoots the Albatross with his crossbow and is punished for his crime by a spirit who loved the Albatross. The thick black cloud was cleft, and still The Moon was at its side : Like waters shot from some high crag, The lightning fell with never a jag, A river steep and wide. Under the water it rumbled on, Still louder and more dread : It reached the ship, it split the bay ; The ship went down like lead.
Then he urges the First Voice onward, as they are hurrying somewhere. He the mariner immediately thought that he would hear his confession, free his soul from the guilt, and wash away the curse of the sin of killing the Albatross. The wedding-guests are there: But in the garden-bower the bride And bridemaids singing are: And hark the little vesper bell, Which biddeth me to prayer! Actually the law of world is, god may forgive human if he did wrong to guilty persons but god will never forgive a person who harms innocents. And a good south wind sprung up behind; The albatross did follow, And every day, for food or play, Came to the mariners' hollo! It actually uses fairly antiquated language deliberately. It ate the food it ne'er had eat, And round and round it flew.
But before we jump in, we're going to look a little bit at some Romantic themes that come up in the poem or are subverted by the poem. Enter Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, two friends and master poets who set about writing a small anthology of poems that was to change the way we look at poetry. Coleridge 1827 Sibylline Leaves: A Collection of Poems 1817 Sonnets from various authors 1796 The Collected Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1969 The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1912 The Devil's Walk: A Poem 1830 The Literary Remains in Prose and Verse of Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1839 The Poetical Works of S. Under the keel nine fathom deep, From the land of mist and snow, The spirit slid : and it was he That made the ship to go. As for the oddities of the work, worry not! The ancient Mariner beholdeth a sign in the element afar off.
It ceased; yet still the sails made on A pleasant noise till noon, A noise like of a hidden brook In the leafy month of June, That to the sleeping woods all night Singeth a quiet tune. Its movement did not affect the surface of the ocean. Though he never dies - and may never, in a sense - the Ancient Mariner speaks from beyond the grave to warn others about the harsh, permanent consequences of momentary foolishness, selfishness, and disrespect of the natural world. He explains to the First Voice that the Ancient Mariner will pay for his crime much more dearly than he already has. Whether she is real or whether she is a vision is unclear, but she definitely brings a superstitious chill to the poem.
And they all dead did lie : And a thousand thousand slimy things Lived on ; and so did I. But Coleridge describes them as very beautiful and holy. The sun, right up above the mast, Had fixed her to the ocean: But in a minute she 'gan stir, With a short uneasy motion-- Backwards and forwards half her length With a short uneasy motion. Day after day, day after day, We stuck, nor breath nor motion ; As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean. Anyway you get an idea of who Tom Waits is and how it would be quite different than the other things on the Now! These lines symbolize the spiritual world's power over the natural and physical; spirits can control not only mortals, but the very planets themselves.
Is this mine own country? Or let me sleep alway! I saw a third--I heard his voice : It is the Hermit good! Although Coleridge denied any moral to the story of the mariner we can see that the text is full of it. That is how the ship is sailing fast, without a tide or a wind against the sails. I mean, skin as white as leprosy does not sound good. The upper air bursts into life! And, finally, the poem incorporates a story of sin and restoration - this idea that you can repent for what you've done wrong. And this begins the restoration part of the sin and restoration theme of the Romantics.
The Wedding Guest, the Hermit, and all others to whom he relates his tale enter into a momentary liminal state themselves where they have a distinct sensation of being stunned or mesmerized. In a move typical of Romantic poets both preceding and following Coleridge, and especially typical of his colleague, William Wordsworth, Coleridge emphasizes the way in which the natural world dwarfs and asserts its awesome power over man. Harum rerum notitiam semper ambivit ingenium humanum, nunquam attigit. Englicist is here to clear things up. Video: Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Summary and Analysis What do you like in a great story? The curse is finally expiated. Instead of the cross, the albatross About my neck was hung.
Each throat Was parched, and glazed each eye. People want stories that are more relatable, and not just about royalty and noblemen but about the common people. But these interpretations are dampened by the fact that none of them with the possible exception of the Christian reading, much of which is certainly intended by the poem seems essential to the story itself. Inherent in the writer's task is communication with others, whom he must warn lest they suffer a similar fate. A flash of joy ; With throats unslaked, with black lips baked, Agape they heard me call : Gramercy! He's able to sleep; it rains, so he's able to drink and quench his thirst and he doesn't have to bite into his arm anymore.